Flora of Ireland
CENSUS CATALOGUE OF THE FLORA OF IRELAND
MARY J. P. SCANNELL
CLÁR DE PHLANDAÍ NA hÉIREANN
DONAL M. SYNNOTT
A list of Pteridophyta, Gymnospermae and Angiospermae including all the native plants and established aliens known to occur in Ireland with the distribution of each species, and recommended Irish and English names.
PUBLISHED BY THE STATIONERY OFFICE
The full text of the Census Catalogue will be available soon for consultation on this website
CENSUS CATALOGUE ERRATA
Temporary version . . .
Page x, line 13: 'vineale' should read 'vinealis'
Page xix, line 2: 'heleniodes' should read 'helenioides'
Page xxi, line 1: 'benefitted' should read 'benefited'
Page xxii, line 31: 'le cead' should read 'as cead'
Page 21, line 11; page 134, line 7: 'Cabróis dhuimhche' should read: 'Cabróis duimhche'
Page 76, line 15; page 14', line 29: 'Lus mhic rhí' should read 'Lus mhic rhí Breatan'
Page 106, line 38; page 140, line 30: 'Líobhógach fhinéiliúl' should read 'Líobhógach fhinéalúil'
Page 116, line 18; page 146, line 27: 'Taitheán' I should read 'Táithean'
The census catalogue is based on the work of R.Ll. Praeger in Irish Topographical Botany (1901). A summary and the methodology employed by Praeger is available here.
Sources of information for the 1987 edition of the Census catalogue for first vice-county records for vascular plants made since the publication of The Botanist in Ireland (R. LI. Praeger, 1934), have been
compiled in M.J.P. Scannell and D.M. Synnott, 1989, Occasional Papers No. 3.
Furthermore all records based upon herbarium specimens are detailed in M. J. P. Scannell and D. M. Synnott, 1990, Occasional Papers No. 5.
Praeger divided Ireland into 40 vice-counties. These botanical divisions correspond in the main with the Irish counties. However, because it was desirable to have the unit of area to more or less correspond between each of these divisions, the six largest counties were sub-divided into 14 smaller divisions. Other considerations when drawing these boundaries were the presence of natural boundaries, the nature of the boundary, the equalization of areas and the practicality of these. Not all the vice-county boundaries therefore follow the administrative county boundaries.
The names, limits and extent of the biological vice-counties of Ireland should be those set out in the map which forms the frontispiece to Irish Topographical Botany by R. L. Praeger (published by the Royal Irish Academy in 1901 as Volume 23 (vol. 7 of the 3rd series) of its Proceedings). Since the publication of ITB, two further papers have clarified and defined these boundaries (D.A.Webb, 1980, The biological vice-counties of Ireland, Proceedings of the Royal Irish Academy, 80B (12) 179-196; D.L.Kelly, 1984, Irish Naturalists' Journal, 21: 365).