Sample image from the Malawi flora

Coffea arabicaOur current sample image is of Coffea arabica. 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 Malawi. 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, Friday, 2 June 2023, we have 5,139 native or naturalised species in the database for Malawi. There are 26,892 images for 3,014 species, of which 2,978 are native or naturalised and 36 are purely cultivated.

The Site history page gives an overview of site development. 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.

03 Apr 2023 Ipomoea involucrata var. involucrata
28 Mar 2023 Tridax procumbens
02 Feb 2023 Strychnos henningsii
28 Jan 2023 Scoparia dulcis
27 Jan 2023 Crotalaria rhodesiae
24 Jan 2023 Rourea orientalis
03 Nov 2022 Maerua friesii
27 Oct 2022 Elaphoglossum hybridum
24 Oct 2022 Selago thyrsoidea var. thyrsoidea
22 Oct 2022 Aeschynomene nyikensis

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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-23

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2023). Flora of Malawi: Home page., retrieved 2 June 2023

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