Survey of Economic Plants for Arid and Semi-Arid Lands
SEPASAL is a database and enquiry service about useful "wild" and semi-domesticated plants of tropical and subtropical drylands, developed and maintained at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. By "useful" we mean plants which humans eat, use as medicine, feed to animals, make things from, use as fuel, and many other uses. We focus on drier parts of the world because these are home to one sixth of the world's population, in some of the poorest countries.
Please note that SEPASAL does not contain any information on wet tropical species.
Following an initial grant from OXFAM in 1981, The Clothworkers' Foundation funded SEPASAL throughout the 1990s, enabling major upgrades to the software and data. SEPASAL's Internet development is funded by The Charles Wolfson Charitable Trust. Nestlé is supporting a project to draw together information on the nutritional content of African wild food plants and fungi. Click Recent changes to see more information on this, and on the establishment of a SEPASAL "node" at the National Museums of Kenya (NMK).
SEPASAL uses a number of international (TDWG) standards for recording plant information, including the following for recording plant uses:
If you wish to apply for an Internet SEPASAL account, please do not email us. Instead, please use the "Apply for login" button on the Internet SEPASAL login screen. Doing so will ensure that we get all the information we need to process your application.
If you wish to send us bug reports and other feedback about Internet SEPASAL, or to contact us about anything else (but not account applications), please contact us at:
SEPASAL, Jodrell Laboratory,
Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
Richmond, Surrey, TW9 3AB
Tel: +44 (0)20 8332 5385
Fax: +44 (0)20 8332 3717