Flora Nordica is a research project with the aim to produce a scientifically based flora of the vascular plants in Norden (i.e. the north-European countries Denmark, the Faroe Islands, Finland, Iceland, Norway incl. Svalbard and Jan Mayen, and Sweden).
This flora, written in English, should be a synthesis of previous research, indicating problems which need to be considered in future research. All wild-growing vascular plants (native or alien, established or ephemeral) are treated.
The complete flora is planned to comprise 15 volumes (4 published so far).
Botanists from all Nordic countries participate, both professionals and amateurs; among the many authors and reviewers are also several specialists from abroad.
Many institutions have made resources available for Flora Nordica. Major financial supporters: 1987–2003, the Bergius Foundation at the Swedish Royal Academy of Science; 2004–2007, Formas (the Swedish Research Council for Environment, Agricultural Sciences and Spatial Planning).
Since 2008, Flora Nordica has had no funding. While highly praised by botanists, the books are no blockbusters; the sales revenue alone can not support the minimum of staff needed for central functions.
However, writing continues, though slowly; several authors work with, or have delivered, accounts for later volumes (e.g., for Cruciferae, Orchidaceae, Iridaceae, Amaryllidaceae, Potamogeton).
Flora Nordica distribution documentation is kept at the Department of Botany at the Swedish Museum of Natural History in Stockholm; the rest of the project archives are now at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences.
Address: Flora Nordica, Department of botany, Swedish Museum of Natural History, P.O. Box 50007, SE-104 05 STOCKHOLM
E-mail: info [at] floranordica.org