Rare Vascular Plants

RVP Book Information

The Rare Vascular Plants of Alberta book is in the process of being brought up to date with a second edition.

November 2019 Update:

We would to thank all of our wonderful supporters including a grant from the Alberta Culture and Tourism Community Initiatives Program, two Community grants from the Alberta Ecotrust Foundation (2017 and 2019), and $25,000 from the ANPC, in addition to contributions from 38 volunteer writers, 19 expert reviewers, and numerous photographers.

The rare vascular plant committee spent the last year concentrating on getting new species descriptions written and updates prepared for the existing species accounts. Thirty-eight wonderful volunteer writers agreed to help write species descriptions and all species descriptions have now been written or are in the process of being written.

This year we have been concentrating on getting species descriptions reviewed by taxa experts. The committee is in the process of identifying reviewers for the remaining families that still require review: Caryophyllaceae, Convolvulaceae, Cuscutaceae, Polygonaceae, Portulaceae, portions of the Rosaceae family and Solanaceae. This leaves only 28 species (of 469!) still to be assigned for review.

If you are interested in volunteering to help in the preparation of the rare plant book, please contact us at ABRarePlantBook@gmail.com.

The complete set of North American distribution maps have been compiled. We still need to complete the Alberta distribution maps. We have received permission to use select illustrations from the Flora of North America, the University of Washington Press, Gov’t of BC and the Royal BC Museum.

This is your opportunity to get your botanical photographs in print! If you would like to submit photographs of identified rare plants that are on the list for this book, please check out the file (here) that lists the species that still require photographs, see instructions detailing the submission of photographs (here – instructions revised November 23, 2017), and submit a photo release form (here). Images will be selected by the book committee from those submitted. Thank you for those who have submitted and we look forward to your contributions!

If you have questions please email:    ABRarePlantBook@gmail.com








 Sorry – this book is no longer available for purchase from ANPC.




Errata for the RVP book – click here
Addenda for the Rare Vascular Plants of Alberta 


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