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 southern Africa and the SAPP 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 Caesalpinioid woodland species.

The list below is a subset of pesticidal plants that have been noted through farmer surveys carried out as part of the SAPP project in Zambia, Zimbabwe and Malawi. Further details about each plant can be found by clicking on the highlighted Latin names of the plant species listed.

Azadiracta indica

Bobgunnia madagascariensis

Cissus quadrangularis


Cucumis anguria

Dolichos kilimandscharicus


Euphorbia candelabrum

Euphorbia tirucalli

Kigelia africana

Melia azedarach


Securidaca longepedunculata


Solanum panduriforme

Tagetes minuta

Tephrosia vogelii

Tithonia diversifolia


Uapaca kirkiana

Vernonia adoensis




Aloe ferox
Lippia javanica
Strychnos spinosa
Vernonia (spp.)
Neorautanenia mitis
Cymbopogon spp.


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