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The flowering plants and ferns of Zimbabwe.
Primarily we deal with native and naturalised plants. In particular, the Pteridophyta (ferns and fern allies) and the Spermatophyta (seed-bearing plants). We have not covered mosses, liverworts, lichens, stoneworts or fungi.
With lower priority, we have also included some information on the cultivated plants of Zimbabwe but this part of the site is only developed to a limited degree so far.
The intention is eventually to create an online flora, comprising:
Zimbabwe, formerly known as Rhodesia, is a country in southern Africa. It is a landlocked country and lies in the southern hemisphere tropics between approximately 15 and 22 degrees south.
The site was started by Mark Hyde in 2002 and initially consisted only of checklists of Zimbabwean plants. In January 2004, Bart Wursten and his wife Petra became involved and the site was developed into an online flora with images, descriptions and plant distributions.
In 2014, Meg Coates Palgrave joined the project and has become a major contributor.
A more detailed history of the site, its development and contents may be found on the Site history page
Mark Hyde had lived in Zimbabwe for many years and had built up a working knowledge of the flora, together with a collection of herbarium material and numerous records of plants. Between 1992 and 2001 he had worked on a Flora of the Central Division with the aim of publishing a book, but it had become clear firstly that this was taking too long and that secondly that it would have been impossible to find finance.
This web site provides a means of publishing that information in a relatively inexpensive way.
The site is entirely non-profit. Costs are borne by the authors; we receive no sponsorship or support at all.
Contributions are welcome. These might be in the form of images of Zimbabwean plants, assisting with writing up genera or species or the extraction of records. There is always a lot of work to be done and any help would be welcome and will be acknowledged.
Given that no other means was possible, this is perhaps an academic question. However, there are obviously some drawbacks:
However, one hopes that eventually such problems will be overcome.