Frequently asked questions

What is this site about?

The flowering plants and ferns of Mozambique.

Which plants are covered?

Primarily we deal with native and naturalised plants. In particular, the Pteridophyta (ferns and fern allies) and the Spermatophyta (seed-bearing plants). We have not covered mosses, liverworts, lichens, stoneworts or fungi.

With lower priority, we have also included some information on the cultivated plants of Mozambique but we have very little information on these at present.

What is the aim of the site?

As with the Flora of Zimbabwe site, the intention is eventually to create an online flora, comprising:

  • descriptions
  • keys
  • images
  • means of naming the plants
  • information about their frequency of occurrence, status, habitat, distribution and uses.
Who created the site?

The site was started by Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten and Petra Ballings in 2007.

A more detailed history of the site, its development and contents may be found on the Site history page

Why was the site created?

Bart and Petra were employed from 2006-8 by the Carr Foundation to work in Gorongosa. During that period a great deal of information about Mozambican plants was accumulated and this web site provides a means of publishing that information in a relatively inexpensive way.

Since that date, considerable support, together with records and images, has been supplied by Stefaan Dondeyne

Furthermore, records and photographs have been supplied by Mrs Meg Coates Palgrave who has been recording trees and building a herbarium in Catapu.

What area is covered?

The site covers the whole of Mozambique. In practice, much of the field work done by Stefaan, Bart, Petra and Meg was in the Manica and Sofala provinces (in effect the division MS of Flora Zambesiaca).

Who pays for the site?

The site is entirely non-profit. Costs are borne by Mark and Bart; we receive no sponsorship or financial support at all.

Can I contribute to the site?

Contributions are welcome. These might be in the form of images of Mozambican plants, assisting with writing up genera or species or the extraction of records. There is always a lot of work to be done and any help would be welcome and will be acknowledged.

How can I find plants on the site?

If you know the name of the plant, that is the Latin, English, or vernacular name for the plant, you can try searching for it using the box in the top right of the home page.

Note that coverage of even the Latin names of Mozambican native plants is still very incomplete and there are very few vernacular names for any of the species.


Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave 2007-17

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2017). Flora of Mozambique: FAQ.
http://www.mozambiqueflora.com/faq.php, retrieved 18 December 2017

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