Published August 18, 2022 | Version 1.5
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ECAT: Endemic and sub-endemic Central African Trees

  • 1. Meise Botanic Garden, Nieuwelaan 38, 1860 Meise, Belgium
  • 2. Université Officielle de Bukavu, Bukavu, DR Congo
  • 3. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Richmond, Surrey, United Kingdom
  • 4. Missouri Botanical Garden, Africa & Madagascar Department, St. Louis, MO 63110, United States of America
  • 5. Laboratoire de Biodiversité, de Gestion des Ecosystèmes et de l'Environnement, Faculté des Sciences et Techniques, Université Marien Ngouabi, BP 69, Brazzaville, République du Congo
  • 6. Plant Systematics and Ecology Laboratory, University of Yaoundé I, P.O. Box 047, Yaoundé, Cameroon
  • 7. AMAP, Université de Montpellier, CIRAD, CNRS, INRAE, IRD, Montpellier, France
  • 8. Centre de Surveillance de la Biodiversité, Université de Kisangani, Kisangani, DR Congo
  • 9. University of Koblenz-Landau, Universitätsstraße 1, Koblenz, 56070, Germany
  • 10. Botanic Gardens Conservation International, Richmond, Surrey, United Kingdom
  • 11. Department of Biology, Faculty of Sciences, University of Sciences and Techniques of Masuku, BP: 941, Franceville, Gabon
  • 12. Herbarium de Lubumbashi, Université de Lubumbashi, 1825, Route Kasapa, Lubumbashi, DR Congo
  • 13. Makerere University Herbarium, Department of Plant Sciences Microbiology and Biotechnology, P.O. Box 7062, Kampala, Uganda
  • 14. East African Herbarium, National Museums of Kenya, P.O. Box 45166-00100, Nairobi, Kenya
  • 15. Centre de Recherche en Sciences Naturelles (CRSN/Lwiro), Laboratoire de Systématique et Taxonomie végétale, D.S. Bukavu, DR Congo
  • 16. Department of Biology, Faculty of Science, University of Burundi, P.O. Box 2700, Bujumbura, Burundi
  • 17. Department of Biotechnologies, Faculty of Applied Sciences, INES-Ruhengeri, B.P.155 Ruhengeri, Rwanda


This specimen-based occurrence dataset was compiled in the framework of the Conservation of Endemic Central African Trees (ECAT) project with the aim of producing global conservation assessments for the IUCN Red List. The project targets all tree species endemic or sub-endemic to the Central African region comprising the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DR Congo), Rwanda, and Burundi. The dataset contains 6361 plant collection records with occurrences of 8910 specimens from 337 taxa belonging to 153 genera in 52 families. Many of these tree taxa have restricted geographic ranges and are only known from a small number of herbarium specimens. As assessments for such taxa can be compromised by inadequate data, we transcribed and georeferenced specimen label information to obtain a more accurate and complete locality dataset. All specimen data were manually cleaned and verified by botanical experts, resulting in improved data quality and consistency.

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Metadata language: English

Provided fields: language, institutionCode, collectionCode, basisOfRecord, occurrenceID, catalogNumber, recordNumber, recordedBy, georeferenceVerificationStatus, occurrenceStatus, disposition, associatedReferences, otherCatalogNumbers, occurrenceRemarks, materialSampleID, eventDate, year, month, day, habitat, eventRemarks, continent, country, countryCode, stateProvince, locality, verbatimElevation, locationRemarks, decimalLatitude, decimalLongitude, geodeticDatum, coordinateUncertaintyInMeters, verbatimCoordinates, identificationRemarks, scientificName, kingdom, phylum, class, order, family, genus, specificEpithet, infraspecificEpithet, taxonRank, taxonRemarks


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