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Major Floras on the flora of Hong Kong

Old Floras (1857 - 1912)
There are three major Floras on the plants of Hong Kong published between 1857 and 1912:
(1) Seemann, B.C. (1857) Flora of the Island of Hongkong. In: The Botany of the Voyage of H.M.S. Herald, under the Command of the Captain Henry Kellett, R.N., C.B., during the years 1845-51. Lovell Reeve, London.
This is the first Flora on plants of Hong Kong. It covered 585 dicots, 3 conifers, 119 monocots, 64 ferns and fern allies, 7 mosses, and 3 lichens.
(2) Bentham, G. (1861) Flora Hongkongensis: A Description of the Flowering Plants and Ferns of the Island of Hongkong. Lovell Reeve, London.
This is the most well-known Flora. It covered 721 dicots, 3 conifers, 241 monocots, 81 ferns and fern allies. A copy of this Flora is available via Google Books.
A supplement to this Flora was written by Dr C.F. Hance (1872), namely, Florae Hongkongensis HROSQHKH : A Compendious Supplement to Mr. Bentham's Description of the Plants of the Island of Hong Kong, published by L. Reeve & Co., London. It added 32 dicots, 28 monocots, 15 ferns and fern allies, and 20 mosses.
(3) Dunn S. T. & W. J. Tutcher (1912) Flora of Kwangtung and Hong Kong (China). Bulletin of Miscellaneous Information, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Additional Series X. His Majesty's Stationery Office, London
It covered 1580 species of vascular plants from Hong Kong.
New Floras (2007 - 2008)
Recently, the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department is organizing a collaborative program to produce a more current Flora of Hong Kong.
(4) Hong Kong Herbarium, Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department, and South China Botanical Garden, Chinese Academy of Sciences [eds.] Flora of Hong Kong. Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department, Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, Hong Kong.
Volume 1 (329 pp.) was issued in 2007. Volume 2 (331 pp.) was released in 2008.
Other florsitic works
Besides the Floras that cover all families of vascular plants in Hong Kong, there are many monographs and treatments that deal with a smaller group of plants.

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