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

Mundulea sericeaOur current sample image is of Mundulea sericea. 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, Tuesday, 22 October 2019, we have 1,249 native or naturalised species in the database for Caprivi. There are 8,889 images for 865 species, of which 864 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.

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.

03 Aug 2019 Eragrostis arenicola
03 Aug 2019 Eragrostis cylindriflora
02 Aug 2019 Dinebra retroflexa var. condensata
02 Aug 2019 Echinochloa colona
02 Aug 2019 Cenchrus biflorus
02 Aug 2019 Chloris pycnothrix
02 Aug 2019 Cenchrus ciliaris
01 Aug 2019 Aristida adscensionis
01 Aug 2019 Aristida congesta
13 Jul 2019 Salvadora australis

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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-19

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2019). Flora of Caprivi: Home page., retrieved 22 October 2019

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