This dataset contains previously unpublished data on 3000 occurrences of 690 species of vascular plants and represents the spontaneous flora of the Forest Steppe and Steppe zones of Ukraine. The list includes both rare and most common species of this part of Ukraine. As resources for occurrences were used the original data of the dataset authors and samples from herbarium collection.
The observations were collected from the territories of Cherkasy, Dnipro, Donetsk, Kharkiv, Kherson, Kirovohrad, Kyiv, Luhansk, Mykolaiv, Odesa, Poltava, Sumy, and Zaporizhzhia regions. The оccurences were made in such habitats as biotopes of dynamic sandy and saline substrates, meso- and xerophytic meadow biotopes (meadows, steppes); shrub biotopes; biotopes of phanerophytic type (woodlands).
Some part of observations were recorded on the territory of protected areas, including those currently occupied by Russian Federation, such as the "Dzharylhatskyi" National Nature Park, the Oleshky Sands National Nature Park, and the Black Sea Biosphere Reserve.
Images are provided for 238 occurrences based on herbarium specimens from the "Flora of Ukraine" collection of the National Herbarium of Ukraine, M.G. Kholodny Institute of Botany, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine and for 6 obsevations from the Herbarium of "Dzharylhatskyi" National Nature Park.
The data in this occurrence resource has been published as a Darwin Core Archive (DwC-A), which is a standardized format for sharing biodiversity data as a set of one or more data tables. The core data table contains 3,001 records.
This IPT archives the data and thus serves as the data repository. The data and resource metadata are available for download in the downloads section. The versions table lists other versions of the resource that have been made publicly available and allows tracking changes made to the resource over time.
The table below shows only published versions of the resource that are publicly accessible.
How to cite
Researchers should cite this work as follows:
Konaikova V, Davydova A, Davydov D (2023). Dataset of the model species from the spontaneous flora of the Forest-Steppe and the Steppe zones of Ukraine. Version 1.3. M.G. Kholodny Institute of Botany, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine. Occurrence dataset. https://ukraine.ipt.gbif.no/resource?r=datsteppe&v=1.3
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The publisher and rights holder of this work is M.G. Kholodny Institute of Botany, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution (CC-BY 4.0) License.
This resource has been registered with GBIF, and assigned the following GBIF UUID: 52c719a1-f150-454b-bde2-884a5f028d7b. M.G. Kholodny Institute of Botany, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine publishes this resource, and is itself registered in GBIF as a data publisher endorsed by Participant Node Managers Committee.
occurrence; specimen; Ukraine; Magnoliophyta; Forest Steppe zone; Steppe zone
- Content Provider ●
Territory of the Forest-Steppe and the Steppe zones of Ukraine. Observations took place at Cherkasy, Dnipropetrovsk, Donetsk, Kharkiv, Kherson, Kirovohrad, Kyiv, Luhansk, Mykolaiv, Odesa, Poltava, Sumy, Zaporizhzhia Regions.
|Bounding Coordinates||South West [44.214, 22.676], North East [52.909, 40.605]|
Vascular plants identified to species
BioDATA grant for data mobilization including digitization, data quality assurance, data preparation, and publication of collection specimen and other species data from Ukraine to GBIF. Dataset preparation was supported within the project "Dataset of model species from the spontaneous flora of the Forest-Steppe and the Steppe zones of Ukraine". More details on the grant program here https://www.nhm.uio.no/english/research/projects/biodata/activities/data-mobilization-call-ukraine.html
|Title||BioDATA Ukraine data mobilization grant program 2022|
|Funding||BioDATA partners, NLBIF, GBIF Norway, and the UiO Natural History Museum|
|Design Description||Addition to GBIF database new unpublished data with great significance from regions of Ukraine in Forest-Steppe and Steppe zones, including the occurrences from the territories that were or are still occupied by the Russian Federation during the aggression in 2014-2023.|
The personnel involved in the project:
This dataset aggregates data from three types of resources: - specimens of the Herbarium of M.G. Kholodny Institute of Botany, (KW); - data from our own geobotanical relevés kept in Turboveg - direct observations, field notes For the herbaria samples digitization was used simple photosytem consisted of the standard horizontal tripod Beike Q996H, light source – two led lamps Yongnuo YN-300 Air, photo camera Canon EOS 90D, scale X-rite ColorChecker Classic Mini (for image calibration). The lamps were attached to the tripod’s legs using two 11” Magic Arm handles. For photo hosting platform Flickr https://www.flickr.com/ was chosen. Overall, 238 samples of the "Flora of Ukraine" collection at the Herbarium of M.G. Kholodny Institute of Botany (KW) were digitized. Exact coordinates for the most occurrences were absent, so we georeferenced them based on verbatimLocality and specified the coordinateUncertaintyInMeters. Also, the original label information concerning the locality was kept and was written in the Cyrillic languages (Ukrainian and Russian). We assigned a date (eventDate) as the most precise period derived from the description. The database also contains images of 6 herbarium sheets from the "Dzharylhatskyi" National Nature Park (Kherson region, Skadovsk district), taken by A. Davydova in spring 2012. This is a very small herbarium, up to 50 sheets, recently created in this institution. Although the quality of the photos is not very good, we have decided to include them. The administrative building of the park in Skadovsk is currently under occupation, so there may not be a second chance to digitize this herbarium. But we want to preserve at least something for its history. Data from geobotanical relevés were exported from the Turboveg databases and mapped according to selected DarwinCore fields. For the last type of recourse, this information was directly transcribed to the table. Preserved specimen was chosen as the basis of record for occurrences obtained from herbaria samples, and Human observation was chosen for other data. We aligned taxonomy with GBIF Backbone Taxonomy and Plants of the World Online.
|Study Extent||Territory of the Forest-Steppe and the Steppe zones of Ukraine|
Method step description:
- Choosing of the Darwin core fields to be filled in addition to required fields;
- Digitalization of specimens of the Herbarium of M.G. Kholodny Institute of Botany, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine (KW); -- - hosting of media and providing of URL for images;
- Verification of locality; translation of label information from the Cyrillic languages to English;
- Aggregation of occurrences received from herbaria specimens, our own databases (occurrences from geobotanical relevés kept in Turboveg), field diaries and direct observations;
- Unification of the taxonomy with the POWO database;
- Data management (Data cleaning in program OpenRefine, Georeferencing)
- Data publishing
|Collection Name||National Herbarium of Ukraine, M.G. Kholodny Institute of Botany, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine|
|Specimen preservation methods||Dried and pressed|