ASIatic UMbelliferae

ASIUM is a computer database containing information on nomenclature, synonymy, typification, and distribution of the
Umbelliferae species of Asia , the continent of greatest taxonomic diversity in the Umbelliferae on generic and specific levels. The structure of ASIUM permits storage of the data of species protologues, including locus classicus and (if available) type specimen(s) information, synonymy, essential citations and distribution (tree level system), as well as their manipulation to obtain some generalized characteristics. The database includes ( May, 1999) 2045 accepted specific names; in total there are 5128 specific names (with infraspecific ones - 5957) in it. The number of the known Umbelliferae genera in Asia is now 275. File of generic names is from GNOM database. For strong unification, plant taxa authors' names, collectors' names, and geographical units are organized as dictionaries.

In the Umbelliferae, especially Eurasian, large sets of synonyms for almost all species are usual, and accepted nomenclature is changing frequently. The ASIUM program permits to manipulate easily with synonyms by special tables in which all synonyms are divided by hand on nomenclatural groups according their types.

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The system of querries (not elaborated now completely) allows to obtain regional lists of species for countries and their parts. The maximum diversity on specific level is observed in China (682 sp.), Turkey (436), Iran (332), Russia (275), Kazakhstan (230), India (220), Uzbekistan (191), Kirghizia (186), Afghanistan (179), Tadzhikistan (161), Pakistan (154) etc. Ferula (174 sp.) image, Bupleurum (153), Pimpinella (120), Heracleum (107) image, Seseli (101), Angelica (91), Prangos (43), Ferulago (36), Eryngium (34), Pternopetalum (32), and Hydrocotyle (29) are the largest genera of the Umbelliferae in Asian flora.

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