Biology:Plants of the World Online

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Short description: Online database of the world's plants
Plants of the World Online
Available inEnglish
OwnerRoyal Botanic Gardens, Kew
WebsitePlants of the World Online
LaunchedMarch 2017; 6 years ago (2017-03)

Plants of the World Online (POWO) is an online database published by the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. It was launched in March 2017 with the ultimate aim being "to enable users to access information on all the world's known seed-bearing plants by 2020". The initial focus was on tropical African Floras, particularly Flora Zambesiaca, Flora of West Tropical Africa and Flora of Tropical East Africa.[1]

The database uses the same taxonomical source as Kew's World Checklist of Selected Plant Families, which is the International Plant Names Index,[1] and the World Checklist of Vascular Plants (WCVP).[2] POWO contains 1,423,000 global plant names, 200,300 detailed descriptions, and 374,900 images.[3]

See also


  1. 1.0 1.1 "About the Plants of the World Online portal", Plants of the World Online (Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew),, retrieved 2018-01-26 
  2. Holz, Hanna; Segar, Josiane; Valdez, Jose; Staude, Ingmar R. (2022). "Assessing extinction risk across the geographic ranges of plant species in Europe". Plant, People, Planet 4 (3): 303–311. doi:10.1002/ppp3.10251. 
  3. "Plants of the World Online | Kew Science" (in en).