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TDWG World Geographical Scheme for Recording Plant Distributions

The International Taxonomic Database Working Group's world geographical scheme for recording plant distributions can be downloaded from this website as ArcView shape files for use in GIS.

Level 4 units

This is the Second release of these dataset so there may be some errors. Please send any corrections to Please see the metadata for more information on these datasets (contained with the zip file *.xml and master_meta_data.html). Also please read the disclaimer and copyright before downloading this data.

Many thanks to ESRI for their use of their original Administration Boundaries, within these datasets. Administrative boundary files are the intellectual property of ESRI and its licensors and are using herein with permission. 1992-1997 ESRI, GMI. All Rights Reserved.

References & links:

  • Version 2. R. K. Brummitt with assistance from F. Pando, S. Hollis, N. A. Brummitt
    and others. Plant Taxonomic Database Standards No. 2.ed. 2. World Geographical Scheme for Recording Plant Distributions, ed. 2.  2001. xv, 137 pp.; 17 maps. Stiff paper cover, $10.00. ISBN 0-913196-72-X.

  • Version 1. Hollis, S. & Brummitt, R. K., World Geographical Scheme for Recording Plant Distributions. Plant Taxonomic Database Standards No. 2. Version 1.0. 1992 Published for the International Working Group on Taxonomic Databases for Plant Sciences (TDWG) by the Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh. 

  • TDWG

  • Version 2 .Link to the new TDWG version

  • Version 1. Link to the old TDWG version 

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