University of Ghana - Ghana Herbarium

Latest version published by Ghana Biodiversity Information Facility (GhaBIF) on Jan 8, 2020 Ghana Biodiversity Information Facility (GhaBIF)
Publication date:
8 January 2020
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The Ghana Herbarium of the University of Ghana dataset contains over 85,000 records documenting herbarium sheets and their biodiversity information. 55% of the records are georeferenced by latitude and longitude. About 75% of the records deal with specimen found in Ghana. The collection also includes several type specimens. Many sub-collections are accommodated in this collection, assembled by an international suit of collectors such as A.A. Enti, C.D. Adams, C.W. Agyakwah, D.M. John, F.R. Irvine, G.K. Akpabla, G.W. Lawson, J.B. Hall, J. Jenik, J.K. Morton, J.M. Lock, M. Hossain and R. Rose-Inns.

Data Records

The data in this occurrence resource has been published as a Darwin Core Archive (DwC-A), which is a standardized format for sharing biodiversity data as a set of one or more data tables. The core data table contains 85,277 records.

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GBIF Registration

This resource has been registered with GBIF, and assigned the following GBIF UUID: 97e31e98-b7db-485d-82ce-8fc7f3c37552.  Ghana Biodiversity Information Facility (GhaBIF) publishes this resource, and is itself registered in GBIF as a data publisher endorsed by Ghana Biodiversity Information Facility.


Ghana; University; Herbarium; Department of Botany; West Africa; Types; Occurrence


Alex Asase
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Geographic Coverage

Ghana and surrounding Western African territories

Bounding Coordinates South West [4.54, -3.76], North East [12.16, 1.5]

Taxonomic Coverage

No Description available

Kingdom Plantae (Plants)

Temporal Coverage

Start Date / End Date 1898-01-01 / 2012-01-01

Collection Data

Collection Name n/a
Collection Identifier n/a
Parent Collection Identifier n/a
Specimen preservation methods Dried

Additional Metadata

The Ghana Herbarium is a centre of taxonomic research in Ghana and also provides services such as the identification and collection of plant materials for institutions and individuals. The herbarium's activities are guided by certain Ghanaian national strategies related to biodiversity management, the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), and Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES).

Purpose Teaching and research support
Alternative Identifiers 97e31e98-b7db-485d-82ce-8fc7f3c37552