Plants of Ghana

Latest version published by Ghana Herbarium on Mar 8, 2021 Ghana Herbarium
Publication date:
8 March 2021
Published by:
Ghana Herbarium
CC-BY 4.0

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This dataset is on species of plants that have been recorded in Ghana

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 38,398 records.

This IPT archives the data and thus serves as the data repository. The data and resource metadata are available for download in the downloads section. The versions table lists other versions of the resource that have been made publicly available and allows tracking changes made to the resource over time.


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How to cite

Researchers should cite this work as follows:

Asase, A. 2018. Digital-accessible-knowledge (DAK) of plants of Ghana.


Researchers should respect the following rights statement:

The publisher and rights holder of this work is Ghana Herbarium. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution (CC-BY 4.0) License.

GBIF Registration

This resource has been registered with GBIF, and assigned the following GBIF UUID: 480d9ab0-c682-4cd6-ba78-38cf9ef91087.  Ghana Herbarium publishes this resource, and is itself registered in GBIF as a data publisher endorsed by Ghana Biodiversity Information Facility.


Occurrence; Observation


Alex Asase
  • Metadata Provider
  • Originator
  • User
  • Point Of Contact
University of Ghana
P. O. Box LG 55
LG Accra

Geographic Coverage


Bounding Coordinates South West [4.784, -3.252], North East [11.178, 0.703]

Taxonomic Coverage

No Description available

Kingdom Plantae

Project Data

This dataset is on species of plants that have been recorded from Ghana. The dataset was compiled based on information obtained from different sources including herbarium collection, fieldnotes and literature.

Title Capacity enhancement for Ghana node of Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF))and JRS Biodiversity Foundation.
Identifier BID-AF2015-0032-NAC
Funding Biodiversity Information for Development funded by the European Union. The project also received funding the JRS Biodiversity Foundation.
Study Area Description Ghana

The personnel involved in the project:

Alex Asase
  • Author

Sampling Methods

This dataset was compiled based on specimen collections from major herbaria in Ghana, namely, Ghana Herbarium (GC) at the University of Ghana, Savanna Herbarium at the University for Development Studies, Herbarium at the RMSC of the Forestry Commission and Centre for Plant Medicine Research. The dataset also included data from available field notes and literature. The data were cleaned for both consistency and duplicate removed. However, nomenclature was not updated.

Study Extent The study is based on plant records for Ghana

Method step description:

  1. The Brahms software was used in digitisation of herbarium records. Data were cleaned using OpenRefine and QGIS for consistency and duplicates.

Bibliographic Citations

  1. Asase, A. and Peterson, A. T., 2016. Completeness of Digital Accessible Knowledge of the Plants of Ghana. Biodiversity Informatics, 11: 1-11

Additional Metadata

Alternative Identifiers 480d9ab0-c682-4cd6-ba78-38cf9ef91087