[Taxacom] African Plant Database

John Grehan calabar.john at gmail.com
Fri Jan 29 15:20:11 CST 2016

Since there seem to be quite a few biodiversity database specialists on
this list I would be curious as to whether anyone has an informed opinion
abut the relative quality of the African Plant Database at African Plants
Database (version 3.4.0). Conservatoire et Jardin botaniques de la Ville de
Genève and South African National Biodiversity Institute, Pretoria.

Bearing in mind that no database is perfect, I am interested to see if my
own impression is that it is satisfactory - that the site provides quite a
reasonable level of accuracy, including distribution maps (yes maps!
perfect for biogeogrpahy) that distinguish different sources (e.g.
herbarium specimens). Of course no site may stand alone I and where
possible I try to corroborate with alternative sources - but its not always


John Grehan

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