Biodiversity in China Zone I Versions ZH2
A scientific database of useful plants of China
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Abstract & Keywords
Abstract: China has a long history of using vascular plants and a large body of recorded knowledge on uses. However, due to the difference of plant nomenclature system used in literatures, abundant plant utilization knowledge is scattered in all kinds of local records and literature. Shortages of information integration and scientific name proofreading will not be conducive to the research and development of important plant resources. Here, we construct a database of plants used in China based on an extensive survey of the literature. Total of 155 books, articles and dissertations of ethnobotany, published since 1980s were reviewed and integrated. As a result, a total of 51,949 records of “plant use-citations”, divided into 12 usage categories, 10,808 species (including infraspecies), such as medicinal, edible, ornamental, eed, wood, fiber, industrial raw materials, etc., have been extracted and recorded. In order to proofread wrong or nonstandard plant names used in “plant use-citations”, Latin names used in “plant use-citations” were checked with reference to the Flora of China (English version). After processing, each data record contains Chinese name, Latin name, usage description, usage category, reference of usage record, Latin name after proofreading and proofread name reference. As the database was published, a website named Chinese useful plant database has been constructed, to carry out online service and data updating continuously. This database has basically integrated the vascular plant resources used in China for the first time, will provides background data for the research, utilization, and protection of plant, which is of great significance to the sustainable utilization of biodiversity resources and the inheritance of traditional knowledge in China.
Keywords: useful plants; Transitional knowledge; Ethnobotany
Dataset Profile
TitleThe Scientific Database of useful vascular plants of China
Data corresponding authorWang Yuhua(
Data authorsZhuang Huifu, WangYanan, Wang Chen, Jin Tao, Wang Yuhua
Geographical scopeChina
Data volume3.6MB, 51,949 entries
Data format*.xlsx
Data service system<>
Sources of fundingStrategic Priority Research Program of Chinese Academy of Sciences (No. XDA20050204, XDA19050301), National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant No. 32000261) and the 13th Five-year Informatization Plan of Chinese Academy of Sciences (No. XXH13506).
Database compositionThis database includes 51,949 useful records of Chinese plant species compiled from various documents. Total of 10,808 species and infraspecies belonging to 283 families were recorded used as medicine, food, landscaping, feed, wood, fiber, industrial raw materials or other uses. Each data entry mainly includes classification information (Chinese name, scientific name, Chinese family name, Latin family name), usage information and references.
Article and author information
Zhuang HuiFu
Wang Yanan
Wang Chen
Jin Tao
Wang Yuhua
Publication records
Released: March 4, 2021 ( VersionsZH2