Folia Geobotanica

, Volume 48, Issue 4, pp 523–536 | Cite as

FloraGREIF – An Internet-Based Data Repository for Biogeographical Research in Mongolia

  • Anne Zemmrich
  • Martin Schnittler
  • Jörg Hartleib
  • Michael Busch
  • Bernd Bobertz
  • Reinhard Zölitz


FloraGREIF presents an internet-based information tool on the vascular plant flora of Mongolia combining taxon- and record-specific information, text and image information with map information and digitized plant specimens with images of living species and their habitats. Based on an updated checklist as taxonomic backbone, information is split into the “taxon” and the “record” level. At the taxon level the user finds taxonomic diagnoses, habitat information, and species distribution within the floristic regions of Mongolia. The latter is visualized in a Web GIS application. The record level offers information for all records assigned to one taxon, which may include locality data only or additional, high-resolution scans of herbarium specimens combined with images from living species and their habitats. Several query masks allow a flexible search and display of species lists. The interactive Web GIS application links taxon or record information with various map layers, comprising administrative units, topography and orography, floristic regions and vegetation zones of Mongolia. They present background information for the display of species distribution or record localities. FloraGREIF offers a virtual research environment to make the substantial information on Mongolia’s flora mainly published in Russian accessible to the public.


Biogeography Floristic database Mongolia Record Taxon Web GIS 



We highly appreciate the contribution of colleagues to revise several taxa for Mongolia, namely H. Freitag, Kassel (Suaeda); N. Friesen, Osnabrück, (Allium); K.F. Günther, Jena (Apiaceae); P. Hanelt, Gatersleben (Papaveraceae); N. Kilian, Berlin (Cichorieae p.p.); P. Kuss, Wien (Pedicularis); M. Maier-Stolte and H. Freitag, Kassel (Ephedra); D. Podlech, München (Astragalus); E. von Raab-Straube, Berlin (Saussurea); H. Scholz, Wien (Eragrostis); R. Wisskirchen, Bonn (Polygonaceae). We also owe thanks to the curators of the herbaria B, GAT, HAL, JE, KAS, OSBU, and W for providing access to plant collections and to F. Joly, TAKH, Mongolia; M. Kretschmer, Hamburg; A. and M. Stubbe, Halle, who contributed larger series of digital plant images. We furthermore thank the colleagues of the project SVEA-Pommern committing the Web GIS Client software they developed. We are very grateful to our colleagues Sabrina Rilke, Ulrike Najmi and Susanne Starke, Greifswald, for support in the establishment of FloraGREIF. We acknowledge the funding of the German Science Foundation (DFG grants ZO 220/3-1, INST 2032/1-2, SCHN 1080/4-2, and ZO 220/3-3).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Anne Zemmrich
    • 1
  • Martin Schnittler
    • 1
  • Jörg Hartleib
    • 2
  • Michael Busch
    • 2
  • Bernd Bobertz
    • 2
  • Reinhard Zölitz
    • 2
  1. 1.Institute of Botany and Landscape EcologyErnst Moritz Arndt University GreifswaldGreifswaldGermany
  2. 2.Institute of Geography and GeologyErnst Moritz Arndt University GreifswaldGreifswaldGermany

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