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The Ecological Flora of the British Isles is a database constructed from a wide variety of sources by Dr Helen Peat and Professor Alastair Fitter at the University of York, with financial support from the British Ecological Society and the Natural Environment Research Council. It consists of data on 3842 species of higher plants that occur in the British Isles (of which some 2000 species including all the British Natives and many common introductions have ecological traits entered), together with the bibliography of sources. This version has been produced by Dr Henry Ford.

The data comprises information on taxonomy (family, genus, specific name, authority, and vernacular name, together with a synonomy), a suite of over 130 ecological and morphological characteristics, vice-county distribution in Britain, European distribution by country, mycorrhizal associations, associated phytophagous insects and fungi. The data are obtained from the literature and therefore coverage varies greatly between species. The data set is therefore incomplete.

Where appropriate we now have links to the NBN UK distribution maps, the accounts from the Ecological Flora series in the Journal of Ecology, FAO and CABI fact sheets, the Database of Insect Food Plants, and UK Herbarium sheets and Google Pics. We have galleries of photographs for some 400 species, and descriptions for 1990 species to which we are contimually adding. These are being updated at the moment ( April 2017)

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