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Background

This online database was initiated by Sean Carrington, Professor of Plant Biology at the Cave Hill Campus of the University of the West Indies (UWI), Barbados, who contributed most of the original plant photographs.

Kareem Sabir, a Biology graduate of the UWI, was responsible for data entry and assisted with collection and photographing of plants in Barbados, Dominica and the Grenadines.

Raymond Broome, a graduate in Computer Sciences of the UWI, constructed the database and website with some assistance from Dr Colin Depradine.

Dr Pedro Acevedo Rodriguez of the Smithsonian Institution, Washington, USA, has collaborated by confirming the identities of plant specimens collected as part of the project, duplicates of which are lodged at the Smithsonian.


The Eastern Caribbean Flora Project

In January 2006, Sean Carrignton of the Cave Hill Campus of the University of the West Indies (UWI), Barbados, received a national UNESCO grant for an Eastern Caribbean Flora Project to produce a web portal to assist the general public to identify and learn about the plants of the Eastern Caribbean. One of the weaknesses of such online databases is that they rely on the photographer's ability to correctly identify the plants shown. To address this potential weakness, we have an on-going exercise to "voucher" all new plant photographs. In other words, a voucher herbarium specimen is made of each plant after it is photographed so that the identity of the plant can be confirmed by an expert and the herbarium specimen corresponding to the photograph lodged in the Barbados Herbarium at the UWI, with a duplicate at the Smithsonian Institution.

Persons are invited to submit low-resolution images of plants to the database, especially where no image currently exists. These and other contributions/corrections may be sent to Sean Carrington.


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