New records for the flora of Angola: observations from Uige and Cuanza Norte

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  • Thea Lautenschlaeger - , Chair of Botany (Author)
  • Christoph Neinhuis - , Chair of Botany (Author)
  • Christin Heinze - , TUD Dresden University of Technology (Author)
  • Anne Goehre - , Botanical Garden (Author)
  • Mawunu Monizi - , Kimpa Vita Univ, Dept Agron (Author)
  • Macuntima Pedro - , Kimpa Vita Univ, Dept Agron (Author)
  • Jose L. Mandombe - , Kimpa Vita Univ, Dept Agron (Author)
  • Makaya F. Branquima - , Kimpa Vita Univ, Dept Agron (Author)
  • Barbara Ditsch - , Botanical Garden (Author)


Background and aims - Located in the transition zone of Guineo-Congolian and Zambezian phytochoria, the Angolan provinces of Uige and Cuanza Norte are of particular interest for floristic studies and high biodiversity is expected. Nevertheless, explorations of the vegetation are relatively rare. Our study aims to supplement a recent checklist of vascular plants of Angola.

Methods - Data were collected during 17 field trips between 2013 and 2018, during which herbarium specimens were prepared for later identification of plant species. The results were compared with the current checklist as well as with other floristic works, herbarium collections and online databases relevant for the region.

Key results - We document 20 new records of indigenous vascular plant species for the flora of Angola (19 species and one subspecies), including four new generic records. Furthermore, nine alien species are added to the checklist of the flora of Angola.

Conclusion - Our results confirm that the flora of northern Angola is composed by elements of various adjacent areas. However, not all species present are known yet. Further botanical investigation is needed to complete our floristic knowledge of the region.


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)132-142
Number of pages11
JournalPlant ecology and evolution
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2020

External IDs

Scopus 85083100780
ORCID /0000-0002-9035-4130/work/146646148



  • Northern Angola, checklist, distribution, native flora, alien species, new records, 1ST

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