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Plant Diversity of Central French Guiana

This specimen database of flowering plant collections is part of a larger project designed to document the fungal and plant diversity of central French Guiana. The ultimate goal of our project is to provide the fungal and plant inventories needed for understanding the evolution and ecological relationships of the fungi, plants, and animals that inhabit this, one of the last tropical wilderness areas of the world. We hope that the information we provide will supply the data needed to convince local authorities to protect central French Guiana in biological reserves large enough to ensure the continuance of this magnificent ecosystem.

The flowering plant database is vouchered by specimens housed mostly in the herbaria of ORSTOM-Cayenne in French Guiana (CAY) and The New York Botanical Garden (NY). This database (which does not include the ferns) serves as the basis for the Guide to the Vascular Plants of Central French Guiana.

More Information Additions and corrections to this database should be reported to the project director: Dr. Scott A. Mori, Director, Institute of Systematic Botany, The New York Botanical Garden, Bronx, New York 10458-5126 (

Made possible by the generous funding of the Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation and the Beneficia Foundation

To search the database by the name of the plant (family, genus, species, or subspecific epithet), author, collector, collector number, barcode number, or type status, use the Basic Search box below. To search one or more specific fields in the database, choose the Detailed Search.

 Basic Search


 Advanced Search
(most recent determination)
Scientific Name
(most recent determination)
Searches the genus, species, infraspecies, and author abbreviations of a name.
(most recent determination)
(most recent determination)
(most recent determination)
(all determinations)
Scientific Name
(all determinations)
Searches the genus, species, infraspecies, and author abbreviations of a name.
(all determinations)
(all determinations)
(all determinations)
Common Name
Determiner Searches initials and last name.
Collector Searches initials and last name.
Collection Number
Collection Date
(dd mm yyyy)
One or more may be used to search the collection date.
Continent Examples: Africa, Antarctica, Asia, Central America, Europe, North America, Oceania, South America, West Indies
Country Avoid abbreviations. Examples: Netherlands Antilles; Papua New Guinea; Philippines; United States of America
State/Province Avoid abbreviations. Examples: Mato Grosso do Sul; Nevada; Santa Catarina
Precise Location
Plant Description
Barcode Unique NY-assigned specimen barcode number
Type Status "Holotype," "Isotype," etc.
Records with Images Limits searches to only those records with images or other multimedia attachments.
Records Per Page

Search Tips

Searches in the Virtual Herbarium are by default word-based. The fastest searches are made by using whole words as the criteria. Wildcard characters can be used to find partial words, but search times will be significantly longer.

Use an asterisk (*) as a substitute for any number of characters in a word. (Example: "Ma*" in the Province/State field will return specimen records from "Maripasoula" and "Matoury.")

Use an exclamation mark before a word to specifically exclude that word from the search. (Example: "Lecythis" in the Genus field and "!persistens" in the Species field will return all records of Lecythis except Lecythis persistens.)

Use quotation marks to search for exact phrases. Words not enclosed by quotation marks will be used to return records with all of the words, but not necessarily in the order typed.

*The Scientific Name field searches the genus, species, infraspecies, and author abbreviations of a name.
Example 1: the search term "guianensis" finds specimens of Couratari guianensis, Amaioua guianensis, etc.
Example 2: the term "Aubl." finds specimen records of numerous taxa described by Jean Baptiste Aublet.

Author abbreviations can be found using Harvard University Herbaria's Index of Botanists.

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