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Herbarium Specimen of the Institute of Traditional Medicine, Tanzania

Description

The data set provided is a record of Herbarium collections mostly medicinal plant species recorded from local healers in various parts of Tanzania. The voucher specimen are deposited at the Institute of Traditional Medicine, Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences, Tanzania. The Institute of Traditional Medicine is charged with the responsibility to research into traditional healing systems, in Tanzania, and identify materia medica which can be modernized and developed into drugs and useful traditional healing practices which can be adopted for improvement of the health of the people. The generation of safety and efficacy data on these plants and remedies is a pre-requisite before these remedies can be streamlined into the health care system. It is estimated that there are about 10,000 records of plant specimen at the institute. The digitization work was initiated by INASP by supporting training on digitization, the work was implemented by the university under the financial support of GBIF. A total of 4500 records are uploaded to the GBIF Tanzania node known as Tanzania Biological Information Facility (TanBIF) and can be viewed through GBIF web.

Purpose

Collection, preservation and conservation of medicinal plants of Tanzania

Temporal coverages

Date range: Jan 1, 1960 - Dec 1, 2008

Language of Data

 

Administrative contact
Joseph Otieno
Herbarium data manager
Institute of Traditional Medicine
P.O.BOX 65001 +255 Dar es Salaam Dar es Salaam Tanzania, United Republic of 0784412625
Metadata author
Joseph Otieno
Herbarium data manager
Institute of Traditional Medicine
P.O.BOX 65001 +255 Dar es Salaam Dar es Salaam 0784412625
Originator
Joseph Otieno
Herbarium data manager
Institute of Traditional Medicine
P.O.BOX 65001 +255 Dar es Salaam Dar es Salaam Tanzania, United Republic of 0784412625

Published by

TanBIF

Publication Date

Jun 3, 2011

Registration Date

Oct 6, 2011

Served by

TanBIF IPT

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Most plant specimen presented in this publication are from the Eastern Tanzania including but not limited to Coast and Morogoro regions. Some collection were duplicate collections by various researche… more

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Geographic Coverage

Most plant specimen presented in this publication are from the Eastern Tanzania including but not limited to Coast and Morogoro regions. Some collection were duplicate collections by various researchers from outside Tanzania. Some of these were taxonomic collections or random collection without established medicinal use.

Digitization of the Institute of Traditional Medicine Herbarium records

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Study area description

Tanzania mainland, mainly Eastern provinces

Design description

Records of Etnobotanical surveys were extracted from the voucher specimen and field notes. The data was then linked to Darwin Core Achieve format

Funding

Government of Tanzania and GBIF through TanBIF

Project Personnel

Publisher
Joseph Otieno

Associated parties

Administrative contact
Modest Kapingu
Tanzania, United Republic of
Author
Febronia Uiso
Tanzania, United Republic of
Author
Mainen Moshi
Tanzania, United Republic of

Methodology

Study extent

Data are limited to Traditional Practitioners in Tanzania. Additional records were given by various bioprospectors from outside Tanzania.

Sampling description

Questionnaires, workshops and conferences that involved Traditional practitioners

Quality control

Identities of voucher specimen was varified at reputable national and collaborators herbaria i.e Kew and Missoury Botanical Garden During data entry, a checlist prepared by COSTECH was used to verify names of plants. Gazeteers was used for georeferencing especially for data deficient specimens

Collection name

ITM

Collection Identifier

ITM

Parent Collection Identifier

ITHH

Specimen Preservation method

Dried and pressed