[Taxacom] African Plant Database

John Grehan calabar.john at gmail.com
Fri Jan 29 18:59:08 CST 2016

Yes I did find it a bit of work going species by species. I liked the point
locality records instead of range maps. Even noticed that the almost
pan-African Asparagus africanus was absent (or at least not reported) from
the cuvette centrale I have not tried GBIF so I will take a look.

John Grehan

On Fri, Jan 29, 2016 at 5:22 PM, Michael Heads <m.j.heads at gmail.com> wrote:

> 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>
> wrote:
>> 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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