State of the World's Plants

Document type
cover state world plants

This is the first document to collate current knowledge on the state of the world’s plants. A large team of researchers has reviewed published literature, scrutinised global databases and synthesised new datasets. The output presented here represents a status report on our knowledge of global vegetation as it stands in 2016, including a synthesis of existing information about vascular plants (Figure 1), new findings emerging from the review process, and an update on current knowledge gaps. The report is in three sections. The first part describes
what we currently know about plants: how many plant species there are, new plant discoveries in 2015, our current
knowledge on plant evolutionary relationships and plant genomes, the number of useful plants, and the location of
the world’s most important plant areas. We also present a country-wide focus, this year on Brazil. The second part of the report assesses our knowledge of global threats to plants. In particular, we review the potential impacts of climate change, land-use change, invasive plants, plant diseases, and extinction risk. The third part details international trade,

Publication date (of file/URL)
1 January 2016