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Aims & Scope

Aliso: A Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Botany publishes original articles on systematic and evolutionary botany. Floristic and systematic studies pertaining to the western United States and areas of comparable climate and vegetation connect with the Garden's mission to conserve and educate on the flora native to California.

Recent subject matter—primarily in relation to plants from the California Floristic Province (CFP)—has included descriptions of taxonomic novelties, nomenclatural adjustments, regional floras, invasive weeds, range extensions, conservation studies, vernal pools, endemism, hybridization experiments, botanical history relevant to the American West, and pertinent methodological papers. Studies independent of the CFP region have focused on comparative morphology, anatomy including wood anatomy, phylogenetic relationships, and evolutionary perspectives with a botanical focus.

Aliso accepts contributions ranging from single-page papers dealing, for example, with taxonomic descriptions and new collection records, to extended floristic studies. Stand-alone articles on topics of special interest to botanists in Southern California can be accommodated in our Occasional Publications series. Authors considering publication in the Occasional Publication series are encouraged to correspond with the Editor-in-Chief ().

Intermittently, Aliso has been devoted to topics of special interest or papers presented at conferences and symposia. Several issues of Aliso featured articles from the Southwestern Botanical Systematics Symposia. Papers from the Third International Conference on the Comparative Biology of the Monocotyledons appeared in Aliso volumes 22 and 23, entitled Monocots—Comparative Biology and Evolution. Volume 26 commemorated the contributions of the late Aliso Editor-in-Chief Dr. Richard K. Benjamin to the study of Laboulbeniales and Zygomycetes.