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.

Spring 2019 Update:

We would to thank all of our wonderful supporters including a grant from the Alberta Culture and Tourism Community Initiatives Program, the Alberta Ecotrust Foundation Community Grant ( here), and contributions from 38 volunteers writers, 19 expert reviewers, and numerous photographers.

The rare vascular plant committee has 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.

The next step in the process has been to get the species descriptions reviewed by taxa experts. The committee is in the process of identifying reviewers for the remaining families.

The following 20 families still require review: Amaranthaceae, Caryophyllaceae, Commelinaceae, Convolvulaceae, Crassulaceae, Cuscutaceae, Hydrocharitaceae, Hydrophyllaceae, Iridaceae, Jucaginaceae, Malvaceae, Nymphaceae, Papaveraceae, Plantaginaceae, Polemoniaceae, Polygonaceae, Portulaceae, portions of the Rosaceae family, Saxifragaceae, and Solanaceae.

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 have received permission to use select illustrations from the Flora of North America and we are working on acquiring permissions to use illustrations from the Illustrated Flora of BC.

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 excel file (here – list revised March 19, 2019) 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

We are excited about the progress of the project and are looking forward to the next year!








 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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