Data sets

Plant distribution across 59 islands in Chagos over 21 years


Type
terrestrial
Subject
biological_organisms
Lifeform
plants
Stress
Contact
JMW Topp
Contact email
Start year
1971
End year
1998
Resource lineage
Data extracted from publication by Elizabeth Widman.
Data format
xlsx
Description
The terrestrial flora of these islands has been investigated and recorded during several visits, as described comprehensively in Stoddart & Taylor (1971), in which are reports by Stoddart (1971) on vegetation and Fosberg & Bullock (1971). These focussed on the vascular plants of Diego Garcia. Later there were thorough studies of Egmont islands for three months in 1973, of islands on the Great Chagos Bank for three months in 1975 (Bellamy, 1979), and of Peros Banhos and Salomon atolls for 9 months in 1978/9 by Field & Dutton (unpublished).JMW Topp investigated the plants of all the islands as occasion permitted for two years (1984-6) and on annual one month visits (1993- 8) concentrating mainly on Diego Garcia (Topp, 1988). Thus over the last 21 years, the flora of the Chagos Archipelago has been comprehensively recorded, with supporting vouchers of most species obtained and many deposited at the herbarium of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.A table summarizing presence/absence data for 276 species is provided for 59 islands. Island area is included along with invasive species.
Keywords
terrestrial flora(other), biogeography, Island flora, taxonomy
Notes
Link
Local link
Latitude
0.00000000
Longitude
0.00000000
Status
OA
Clearance
0
Local link
Topp and Sheppard 1999.xlsx
Authors
Sheppard Charles , Topp John .