Henniges, M.C. et al

A taxonomic, genetic and ecological data resource for the vascular plants of Britain and Ireland

The dataset contains a current inventory of vascular plant species and their attributes present in the flora of Britain and Ireland. The species list is based on the most recent key to the flora of Britain and Ireland, with taxon names linked to unique Kew taxon identifiers and the World Checklist of Vascular Plants, and includes both native and non-native species. Attribute data stem from a variety of sources to give an overview of the current state of the vascular flora. Attributes include functional traits, distribution and ecologically relevant data (e.g. genome size, chromosome numbers, spatial distribution, growth form, hybridization metrics and native/non-native status). The data include previously unpublished genome size measurements, chromosome counts and CSR life strategy assessments. The database aims to provide an up-to-date starting point for flora-wide analyses.

This dataset will be available under the terms of the Open Government Licence https://eidc.ceh.ac.uk/licences/OGL/plain

Publication date: 2021-09-20

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This dataset is available under the terms of the Open Government Licence

Format of the data: Comma-separated values (CSV)

You must cite: Henniges, M.C.; Powell, R.F.; Mian, S.; Stace, C.A.; Walker, K.J.; Gornall, R.J.; Christenhusz, M.J.M.; Brown, M.R.; Twyford, A.D.; Hollingsworth, P.M.; Jones, L.; De Vere, N.; Antonelli, A.; Leitch, A.R.; Leitch, I.J. (2021). A taxonomic, genetic and ecological data resource for the vascular plants of Britain and Ireland. NERC Environmental Information Data Centre. https://doi.org/10.5285/9f097d82-7560-4ed2-af13-604a9110cf6d



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Provenance & quality

The data were compiled from a range of sources, the vast majority of which are previously published field guides, atlases or peer reviewed articles. All such data are delivered with full references to their source (see Supplemental Table 1 & 2). Any new data presented here were either determined experimentally, following best practice protocols, calculated using peer-reviewed methods, or supplied by one of the expert authors on this publication.

Where data were manually extracted from print sources, spot checks were conducted at various stages throughout the data collection to verify that mistakes had been kept to a minimum. When data were added from online or other digital resources, species binomial and taxonomic authority information were used to match data to the species in the list. This matching process was manually checked for each dataset.

Correspondence/contact details

Henniges, M.C.
Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew


Henniges, M.C.
Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew/Queen Mary University of London
Powell, R.F.
Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
Mian, S.
Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
Stace, C.A.
Walker, K.J.
Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland
Gornall, R.J.
University of Leicester
Christenhusz, M.J.M.
Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
Brown, M.R.
University of Edinburgh
Twyford, A.D.
University of Edinburgh
Hollingsworth, P.M.
Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh
Jones, L.
National Botanic Garden of Wales
De Vere, N.
Natural History Museum of Denmark, Copenhagen University
Antonelli, A.
Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
Leitch, A.R.
Queen Mary University of London
Leitch, I.J.
Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

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NERC EDS Environmental Information Data Centre
NERC Environmental Information Data Centre
Rights Holder
Royal Botanic Gardens Kew

Additional metadata

Topic categories
alien,  biome,  Britain,  chromosome counts,  CSR strategy,  distribution,  DNA barcodes,  ecological attributes,  Ellenberg,  flora,  functional traits,  genome size,  hybridization,  Ireland,  life-form,  native,  niche,  Raunkiaer,  resource,  vascular plants
Species Distribution
Natural Environment Research Council Award: NE/L002485/1
Spatial representation type
Tabular (text)
Spatial reference system
WGS 84 / Pseudo-Mercator
Last updated
18 May 2022 12:21