African Dryland Alliance for Pesticidal Plant Technologies:
A network for optimising and promoting the use of indigenous botanical knowledge for food security and poverty alleviation in Africa


Plants Database

Several information sources on plants, their taxonomy, distribution, and recorded uses can be found through several existing databases available on the internet. Two databases that focus on plants of particular importantance to Africa and the ADAPPT project are managed by the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. The Flora Zambesiaca database provides mainly taxonomic and distribution information, while the SEPASAL database of semi-arid plants provides ecological, geographical and conservation information as well as documented uses. Kew has combined their many databases under a single search engine called the Electronic Plant Information Centre.

The ICRAF Agro-forestTree database also contains relevant information. Another good information source is the Flora of Zimbabwe website which has many photos and information on important semi-arid and subtropical woodland species.

The list below is a subset of pesticidal plants that have been the subject of research of ADAPPT partners. Further details about each plant can be found by clicking on the highlighted Latin names of the plant species listed.

Tephrosia vogelii

Azadiracta indica

Securidaca longepedunculata


Euphorbia tirucalli

Tithonia diversifolia


Vernonia amygdalina

Melia azedarach

Dolichos kilimandscharicus

Solanum panduriforme


Tagetes minuta


Cissus quadrangularis


Bobgunnia madagascariensis

Uapaca kirkiana

Euphorbia candelabrum







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