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About the website

This site provides information about the flowering plants and ferns of Botswana. This is one of 6 e-floras which cover the Flora Zambesiaca area in south-central Africa. Five countries are now covered, namely Botswana, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe. The 6th e-flora deals with the Caprivi Strip, which is part of Namibia.

The principal contributors to the site are Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings, Meg Coates Palgrave and Mark Hyde.

As of today, Thursday, 2 December 2021, we have 2,877 native or naturalised species in the database for Botswana. There are 14,945 images for 1,621 species, of which 1,620 are native or naturalised and 1 are purely cultivated.

The Site history page gives details of the latest additions to the site. There is also a Frequently Asked Questions page.

Flora Zambesiaca

FZ volumes

The Flora Zambesiaca project has been the principal source of information for our project, particularly the keys, descriptions and images. It has been an invaluable tool to enable us to identify the many plant specimens we have recorded and collected and has been one of the most important sources to teach us the botanical skills we have acquired.

Further information about Flora Zambesiaca can be found at this link.

The picture shows the much-used and now dog-eared volumes which accompany us on our field trips.

View recently edited pages

As a guide to where to look for new content, below are details of some of the most recently updated pages. Further recently updated species may be found on this page.

08 Aug 2021 Lintonia nutans
08 Aug 2021 Ischaemum afrum
07 Jun 2021 Vitex zeyheri
24 May 2021 Ceropegia arenarioides
03 Apr 2021 Schoenoplectus muricinux
28 Feb 2021 Rhynchosia stipitata
25 Feb 2021 Thesium goetzeanum
09 Jan 2021 Denekia capensis
08 Jan 2021 Stathmostelma fornicatum subsp. fornicatum
07 Jan 2021 Ochna inermis

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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-21

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2021). Flora of Botswana: Home page., retrieved 2 December 2021

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