[Taxacom] African Plant Database

Michael Heads m.j.heads at gmail.com
Fri Jan 29 16:22:40 CST 2016

It's great but the main focus is nomenclature and, like most of these types
of sites, it's VERY species-centric - you can only see distribution of one
species at a time, not the whole genus or family. (You can do this on GBIF,
one of its best points). For comparing distributions (e.g. to see which
species are allopatric) it's much easier and faster to use the book
version that the maps are based on (12 maps per page):

J.-P. LEBRUN & A. L. STORK (1991-2015). Tropical African Flowering Plants:
Ecology and Distribution, 8 vols. Conservatoire et Jardin botaniques de la
Ville de Genève.

But the set costs about $US1000, so one option is to print paper versions
of the maps from the website for a group that you're interested in.

On Sat, Jan 30, 2016 at 10:20 AM, John Grehan <calabar.john at gmail.com>

> 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
> possible.
> Thanks,
> John Grehan
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My books:

*Panbiogeography: Tracking the history of life*. Oxford University Press,
New York. 1999. (With R. Craw and J. Grehan).

*Molecular panbiogeography of the tropics. *University of California Press,
Berkeley. 2012. www.ucpress.edu/book.php?isbn=9780520271968

*Biogeography of Australasia:  A molecular analysis*. Cambridge University
Press, Cambridge. 2014. www.cambridge.org/9781107041028

*Biogeography and evolution in New Zealand. *Taylor and Francis, Boca Raton
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