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Biodivers Data J. 2016 Apr 15;(4):e8286. doi: 10.3897/BDJ.4.e8286. eCollection 2016.

Checklist of Serengeti Ecosystem Grasses.

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Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, London, United Kingdom.
National Herbarium of Tanzania; Tropical Pesticide Research Institute, Arusha, Tanzania.


We present the first taxonomic checklist of the Poaceae species of the Serengeti, Tanzania. A review of the literature and herbarium specimens recorded 200 species of grasses, in line with similar studies in other parts of East Africa. The checklist is supported by a total of 939 herbarium collections. Full georeferenced collection data is made available alongside a summary checklist in pdf format. More than a quarter of the species are known from a single collection highlighting the need for further research, especially concerning the rare species and their distribution.


Ngorongoro; Poaceae; Tanzania

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