thousands of single species plant distribution maps currently in distribution,
documenting plant distributions over the vast majority of sub-Saharan
Africa. The maps display species distributions on a per-species basis,
and date back over the last 100+ years documenting what for many was a
The advent of faster computers with large amounts of digital storage space, and the development of the software application 'WORLDMAP,' makes constructing these cumulative plant species databases a possibility.
It is predicted
that there are around 40,000 sub-Saharan African plant species. It is
the aim of CELP to compile 10-15% of these from available distribution
maps. To date, over 3500 available species have been mapped at the 1-degree
resolution here at CELP.