Smithsonian Plant Collections, Guiana Shield: 1985-2014, Biological Diversity of the Guiana Shield Collections

The Biological Diversity of the Guiana Shield (BDG) is a field-oriented program of the Smithsonian Institution’s (SI) National Museum of Natural History (NMNH). For more than 30 years the goal of the BDG has been to study, document, and preserve the biological diversity of the Guiana Shield (the Shield), which includes Guyana; Suriname; French Guiana; the Venezuelan states of Amazonas, Bolívar, and Delta Amacuro; and parts of southern Colombia and far northern Brazil. Data gathering and analyses of diversity are focused on the natural units. The BDG program began in 1983 and sponsored an active field program from 1985 to the final plant expedition in 2014. Originally confined to the plants of Guyana, it grew to cover all aspects of biodiversity across the Shield.

Part I provides the collector’s notes on trips in alphabetical order by collector (with maps). Part II lists collection localities with collection number ranges, habitat descriptions, geographic coordinates, and assisting collectors. Part III lists collections in numerical order with identifications and authors. Part IV lists collections ordered by determined name.