North American Plant Collections Consortium
The North American Plant Collections Consortium (NAPCC) is a group of North American botanical gardens and arboreta that aims to improve the continent's living plant collections, and enhance the availability of plant germplasm. The consortium is administered by the American Public Gardens Association (APGA) from Longwood Gardens, Pennsylvania, in conjunction with the USDA Agricultural Research Service.
According to the consortium's web site, it has three strategic goals:
- Increase the number of NAPCC Collections to represent the major genera of ornamental plants found in APGA member gardens;
- Facilitate coordination of NAPCC plant collections; and
- Raise professional plant curation standards in public gardens.
The consortium is intended to represent woody and herbaceous ornamentals, both native and exotic. The main objective for each consortium member is to assemble the most comprehensive possible group of plants within a particular taxon, collecting plants that are both taxonomically and genetically from different populations throughout the natural range of the plants. As of March 2006, consortium members and their collections included:
- Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University
- Morton Arboretum
- Rhododendron Species Foundation and Botanical Garden
- Rhododendron subsect. Fortunea; 104 acc, 15 taxa
- San Francisco Botanical Garden at Strybing Arboretum
- Mesoamerican Cloud Forest; 550 taxa, primarily from tropical mountains of southern Mexico and Central America
- List of botanical gardens in the United States
- National Council for the Conservation of Plants and Gardens - British equivalent