Florient - a database dealing with historic wild plant occurrences

  • Katrijn Vannerum (Contributor)
  • Paul Van Den Brempt (Contributor)
  • Thijs Lambrecht (Contributor)
  • Dimitri Brosens (Contributor)



Florient - a database dealing with historic wild plant occurrences is an occurrence dataset published by Ghent University and the Belgian Biodiversity Platform. The FLORIENT database is based on the herbarium of Charles Van Hoorebeke (1790-1821), in which he recorded nearly all wild plants that occurred in the province of East Flanders. A prospectus of his planned publication about this, the "Flore de la Flandre Orientale", appeared in 1821. That same year he died. As a result of which his work never appeared in print and the data were not available. Frans Roucel (1765-1831), a contemporary from Aalst, focused in his published floras (from 1792 and 1803) on rare wild plants and their use, and went into more detail about the growing conditions of the species. The combination of information from both works provides an exceptionally complete and detailed picture of the flora of East Flanders around the beginning of the 19th century, before the industrial and agricultural revolution. The digital collection is also available at www.botanicalcollections.be This dataset contains historic wild plant occurrences (early 19th century). Here it is published as a standardized Darwin Core Archive and includes for each record an eventID, date, location, sampling protocol, occurrenceID, the number of recorded individuals, status (present/absent), . Issues with the dataset can be reported at https://github.com/BelgianBiodiversityPlatform/data-publication-bbpf/tree/main/datasets/florient-occurrences Generalized and/or withheld information: as these are historic occurrences, the location is geocoded to the municipality as it originally appeared in the data. We have released this dataset to the public domain under a Creative Commons Zero waiver. We would appreciate it if you follow the INBO norms for data use (https://www.inbo.be/en/norms-data-use) when using the data. If you have any questions regarding this dataset, don't hesitate to contact us via the contact information provided in the metadata.
Date made available1-Jan-2021
Geographical coverageEast Flanders

Thematic List 2020

  • Data & infrastructure
  • Other

Thematic list

  • Species and biotopes

Taxonomic list

  • higher plants (Plantae)

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