Lebanon e-flora database is significant in being the first computerized tool for analyzing Lebanon’s floristic diversity.
It is not intended to be a critical revision of a taxonomic kind. Rather, it is an important collection of the floristic information that has been acquired recently.
The primary objective of the project was to bring together all the floristic information available for Lebanon in a systematic and consistent way, making it accessible to a wide range of users. For each species, an identifying sheet is made available containing the taxonomic identity, synonyms, common name, location of specimens within herbariums in Lebanon, illustrations, detailed botanical description, recent photos, seed characteristics, florescence period, natural habitat, altitudinal range, distribution map, conservation status as well as genome size and chromosome count if available.
Numerous scientists from Lebanon and Mediterranean region participated in the project and they provided much data.
The second part of the website includes educational material on plant biology for the different plant groups (Bryophyte, Pteridophyte, Gymnosperm and Angiosperm). For each plant group their taxonomical subdivisions, morphology and reproduction cycles are explained and illustrated using annotated original photos taken in situ or in the laboratory of the Department of Life and Earth Sciences at the Faculty of Sciences at Saint-Joseph University.
The database of Lebanon e-flora was implemented at the Faculty of Sciences at the Saint-Joseph University of Beirut under the direction of Dr. Magda Bou Dagher Kharrat and benefits from the collaboration of national and international institutions and researchers.
Lebanon e-flora was first established in 2007 as a result of an urgent need to create a public platform for easy access to the data on Lebanon’s wild plants and for the facilitation of information exchange on the national and international level.