Flora Zambesiaca

Series Editor: G. Pope

Available in twelve volumes, Flora Zambesiaca is the definitive guide to the plant life of the Zambezi River basin, covering the territories of Botswana, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe and the Caprivi Strip.

January 1960
Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew


This is a comprehensive descriptive account of the flowering plants and ferns native and naturalised in Zambia, Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Botswana and the Caprivi Strip. 

Keys, full synonymy and relevant bibliography for all taxa are included. Line drawings illustrate at least one species per genus, and each volume contains an index to all botanical names. The work is published following a modified Bentham & Hooker system, as parts or as whole volumes as and when they are ready. 

Flora Zambesiaca is an ongoing work, still some way from completion. So far about 78% of the planned volumes have been published and when completed the Flora will treat an estimated 10,000 species. 

Flora Zambesiaca is available to order from the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. For details of how to contact them, please visit Publishing partners.

About Flora Zambesiaca

The Flora Zambesiaca project is a taxonomic study of native and naturalised plants of the Zambezi River basin. The project intends to provide not only an easy way of searching the information within the volumes of Flora Zambesiaca but also an identification tool.

It is a joint project involving the collaboration of the following governments and institutions:

  • Government of the Federation of Rhodesia (now Zambia and Zimbabwe)
  • Government of Nyasaland (now Malawi)
  • Government of Portugal
  • Government of the United Kingdom
  • Natural and History Museum, London
  • Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
  • Centro de Botânica, Junta de Investigações do Ultramar, Lisbon
  • Government Herbarium, Salisbury, Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland

For more information about the project, please visit http://apps.kew.org/efloras/fz/intro.html.

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