Caprivi Recording Field Trip

In January - February 2018 Petra Ballings and Bart Wursten spent 2 full weeks in the Caprivi area of Namibia. The purpose was to record and photograph as many species as possible in as many different Quarter Degree Squares as possible.

A total of 1902 records were made during this period, covering about 460 taxa.

Most of these records are now online while some still need further confirmation on ID.

Nearly 4000 photographs were taken and are in the process of being made available online.

Prior to the trip the National Botanic Research Institute in Windhoek was visited and through data, kindly made available by the Institute staff, as well as taxa recorded during the trip, the total number of taxa in our database for the Caprivi flora has risen from 889 to 1,244.

As a result of this first major work both the Caprivi Checklist as well as the distribution coverage have become much more comprehensive.

Sample image from the Caprivi flora

Pentodon pentandrus var. minorOur current sample image is of Pentodon pentandrus var. minor. Click on the thumbnail image to see the full image or click on the species name to find out more.
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About the website

This site provides information about the flowering plants and ferns of Caprivi, sometimes known as the Caprivi Strip, which is part of Namibia. 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 together with this e-flora about the Caprivi Strip.

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

As of today, Thursday, 18 July 2024, we have 1,259 native or naturalised species in the database for Caprivi. There are 18,738 images for 2,001 species, of which 897 are native or naturalised and 1,104 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.

07 Jul 2024 Chlorophytum galpinii var. matabelense
07 Jul 2024 Combretum molle
01 Mar 2024 Ornithogalum pulchrum
29 Feb 2024 Ehretia obtusifolia
28 Feb 2024 Desmodium tortuosum
28 Feb 2024 Coccinia rehmannii
27 Feb 2024 Aspilia mossambicensis
26 Feb 2024 Ampelocissus africana var. africana
26 Feb 2024 Pergularia daemia subsp. daemia
26 Feb 2024 Berchemia discolor

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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Caprivi: Home page., retrieved 18 July 2024

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