Sample image from the Malawi flora

Cyanotis longifoliaOur current sample image is of Cyanotis longifolia. 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, Tuesday, 3 October 2023, we have 5,146 native or naturalised species in the database for Malawi. There are 27,118 images for 3,037 species, of which 3,001 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.

30 Sep 2023 Bidens pilosa
23 Sep 2023 Oxalis obliquifolia
18 Aug 2023 Indigastrum costatum subsp. macrum
04 Aug 2023 Helichrysum kirkii var. kirkii
03 Aug 2023 Otiophora villicaulis var. villicaulis
03 Aug 2023 Otiophora stolzii
02 Aug 2023 Biophytum nyikense
01 Aug 2023 Thalictrum rhynchocarpum
01 Aug 2023 Maesa lanceolata
24 Jul 2023 Hebenstretia angolensis

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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 3 October 2023

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