Flore du Gabon
The Flore du Gabon
(Flora of Gabon) is a series of books devoted to describing the rich
and splendid diversity of vascular plants in Gabon, and providing basic
information on each species. As such, it is an indispensable tool for
botanists, conservationists, ecologists, foresters, and all others
interested in the flora of this country, with which they are able to
identify the plants they encounter.
Gabon has an
estimated 7000 species of vascular plants of which 11% is endemic to
the country, and harbours the most species-rich lowland rain forest on
the African continent. To date, only some 5200 species are actually
known to occur in Gabon, but very regularly new species are being
recorded, either as a new record for the country or as a species
completely new to science.
The volumes 1 to 37 of the Flore du Gabon were published from 1961 to 2005 by the Muséum national d’Histoire naturelle in Paris. Between 2009 and 2013 the volumes 38 to 45 were published by the Wageningen branch of the National Herbarium of the Netherlands (now part of the Naturalis Biodiversity Center).
From 2014 onwards (volumes 46–), the series is produced under the
mutual responsibility of Naturalis Biodiversity Center at Leiden and
the Botanic Garden Meise. The volumes 38– can be ordered through Margraf Publishers
at Wekersheim, Germany. Through Margraf you can also purchase the
complete series, or notify them of your interest in placing a standing
order so that you receive all new volumes.
The editorial team of the Flore du Gabon consists of the following persons:
- Prof.dr. Marc S.M. Sosef, Editor-in-Chief, Botanic Garden Meise, Meise.
- Dr. Jacques Florence, Editor, MNHN, Antenne IRD, Paris.
- Dr. Ludovic Ngok Banak, Editor, IRET, CENAREST, Libreville.
- Prof.dr. Henri Paul Bourobou Bourobou, Editor, IPHAMETRA - Herbier National du Gabon, CENAREST, Libreville.
- Dr. Pulchérie Bissiengou, Editor, IPHAMETRA - Herbier National du Gabon, CENAREST, Libreville.
large international team of almost 60 experts in African botany are
involved in finishing the Flore du Gabon. The aim is to produce the
final volume in 2020. By clicking this link, you can see which families have already been treated in the Flore du Gabon series.
Meanwhile, the volumes 1–37 have been converted to an electronic format and are accessible through the CDM e-Flora platform.
Checklist of Gabonese Vascular Plants (Sosef et al., 2006. Scripta
Botanica Belgica vol. 35), which can be ordered from the Botanic Garden
Meise online Boutique,
lists all of the species known to occur in Gabon. It provides some
basic information and cites all herbarium specimens for each of them.
Naturalis Biodiversity Center — Botany Department holds a database with
valuable information on some 95% of all herbarium specimens ever
collected in Gabon. This database can be consulted on-line at en ligne, where it is regularly updated.
For any additional information, please contact the Editor-in-Chief: firstname.lastname@example.org