African Plant Database

Last update: 29.09.2021

The database currently comprises 205282 names of african plants with their nomenclatural statuts. Data capture, edition and broadcast are the product of a collaboration between the South African National Biodiversity Institute, the Conservatoire et Jardin botaniques de la Ville de Genève, Tela Botanica and the Missouri Botanical Garden

Data are based on:

  • Tropical Africa: J.-P. LEBRUN & A. L. STORK (1991-2015). Enumération des plantes à fleurs d'Afrique tropicale et Tropical African Flowering Plants: Ecology and Distribution, vol. 1-7. Conservatoire et Jardin botaniques de la Ville de Genève.
  • Southern Africa: G. GERMISHUIZEN & N.L. MEYER, eds, (2003). Plants of Southern Africa: an annotated checklist Pretoria.
  • North Africa: DOBIGNARD, A. & C. CHATELAIN (2010-2013) Synonymic and bibliographic index of North Africa plants. vol. 1-5.
  • Madagascar: Catalogue of the Vascular Plants of Madagascar. Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis.

Data are updated on a regular basis, following the literature.Any information on missing or corrections is most welcome.
Names and synonymy are used as the nomenclatural backbone for the "African Plants Initiative" (Aluka, Andrew W, Mellon Foundation) and used by many other projects.

Queries can be performed on the complete name, including authors, but can also be done on family. Information on data, standards, processes, maps

Citation of the database:
African Plant Database (version 3.4.0). Conservatoire et Jardin botaniques de la Ville de Genève and South African National Biodiversity Institute, Pretoria, "Retrieved [set month and year]", from <>.

Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, IPNI has provided a list of names related with Africa, with protologue citation. SABONET and Andrew W. Mellon Foundation have provided financial support. Instituto de Investigação Cientìfica Tropical, Lisbon has provided ;a list of plant names for Sao Tomé, Bioko and Principe. ECWP supporting north african part of the project. Caroline Loup and Peter Schäfer for north african data of Montpellier herbarium. Missouri botanical Garden for malagasian names. National Herbarium of the Netherlands for the points on distribution maps, issued from herbarium collections.
Participants of the project in Geneva:
Valérie BAENNINGER, Cyrille CHATELAIN, Alain DOBIGNARD, Laurent GAUTIER, Christine HABASHI, Daniel JEANMONOD, Markus FISCHER, Joelle ORSO, Laurent KNEUBUEL, Pierre-André LOIZEAU, Martin CALLMANDER, Marc OTTONE, Raoul PALESE, Patrick PERRET, Christophe PLATTET, Camille TRUONG, Maha ZEIN, Adélaide STORK, Jean-Pierre LEBRUN, Rodolphe SPICHIGER, Gian-Luca CORBO, Jérémy HENNEGRAVE
Participants of the project in Pretoria:
Ronell KLOPPER, Hester STEYN, Carole DE WET, Hannelie SNYMAN, Helen NEVELING, Trevor ARNOLD, Gideon SMITH
Participants for Madagascar:
Sylvie Andriambololonera, Soafara Andrianarivelo, Martin W.CALLMANDER, Cynthia Frasier, Faranirina Lantoarisoa, Porter P. LOWRY II, Peter B. PHILLIPSON, Marina Rabarimanarivo, Fano RAJAONARY, Nivo Rakotonirina, Rondro Ramananjanahary, Brigitte Ramandimbisoa, Ornella Randriambololomamonjy, Armand Randrianasolo, Noro Ravololomanana, George E. SCHATZ, Anne-Elizabeth Wolf.