1. Hong Kong Plant Database records more than 3,300 plants of Hong Kong (including native and exotic species that have been recorded in Hong Kong) which based primarily on the specimen records of the Hong Kong Herbarium.
  2. The following information of each selected plant species is provided when available:
    1. Colour Photographs: more than 10,700 high-resolution images, including photos shown in the Flora of Hong Kong Vol. 1 to 4; and
    2. Species Information: Scientific Name, Synonym(s), Common Name(s), Chinese Name(s), Family Name, Flowering Period, Fruiting Period, whether it is a native plant to Hong Kong, whether it is scheduled under the Forestry Regulations, Forests and Countryside Ordinance (Chapter 96 sub. leg.), whether it is a native plant which is protected under Protection of Endangered Species of Animals and Plants Ordinance (Chapter 586), etc. Meanwhile, taxonomic details are provided by online version of Flora of Hong Kong.
  3. Whilst the Hong Kong Herbarium endeavours to ensure the accuracy of the information of the Hong Kong Plant Database, no express or implied warranty is given by the Herbarium as to the accuracy of the information or its appropriateness for use in any particular circumstances. The information provided by the Hong Kong Herbarium on the database is for reference only and any constructive comment and contribution to the database will be very much appreciated.

Note: For display of some Chinese common names, please install the Hong Kong Supplementary Character Set (for Windows XP users) to view the unique Hong Kong Chinese characters.

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Conservation Status

Statutory Protection in Hong Kong
Rare and Precious Plants of Hong Kong
Rare and Precious Plants of Hong Kong (Categories)
IUCN Red List of Threatened Species
Threatened Species List of China’s Higher Plants
Red List of China’s Biodiversity - Higher Plants
China Plant Red Data Book