Alien plants of Kyrgyzstan

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The dataset provides background data (occurrence records based on herbarium specimens and human observations) for mapping the distribution of alien plants in Kyrgyzstan. Besides personal observations, the main sources for the dataset were herbarium collections (FRU, LE, MW, TASH), citizen science resources (iNaturalist, Plantarium) and floristic literature.

All records have been taxonomically evaluated by the authors. Georeferences are provided ad hoc on the basis of historical and current maps when missing in the original source.

The current dataset is developing and therefore incomplete. At present it includes a set of 17 species published in Contributions 1 and 2 (Biodiversity Data Journal). Other species will be added with further publications.

Data Records

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 256 records.

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How to cite

Researchers should cite this work as follows:

Sennikov, A.N. & Lazkov, G.A. (2021) Alien plants of Kyrgyzstan. Occurrence dataset, version 1. Komarov Botanical Institute, Russian Academy of Sciences, St. Petersburg.


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GBIF Registration

This resource has been registered with GBIF, and assigned the following GBIF UUID: 5b2a5f78-87b9-4880-aa5b-8a8618fe9a1a.  Komarov Botanical Institute, Russian Academy of Sciences, St. Petersburg publishes this resource, and is itself registered in GBIF as a data publisher endorsed by Participant Node Managers Committee.


alien plants; casual aliens; Central Asia; established aliens; Kyrgyzstan; plant invasions; Tian-Shan; vascular plants; weeds; Occurrence


Alexander Sennikov
  • Metadata Provider
  • Originator
  • Point Of Contact
University of Helsinki
P.O. Box 7
00014 Helsinki
Georgy Lazkov
  • Originator
Senior Scientist
Institute of Biology
Chui av. 265
720071 Bishkek
Denis Melnikov
  • Publisher
Komarov Botanical Institute
Prof. Popov str. 2
197376 Saint-Petersburg

Geographic Coverage

The study covers the whole territory of Kyrgyzstan.

Bounding Coordinates South West [39.179, 69.25], North East [43.266, 80.229]

Taxonomic Coverage

The dataset is supposed to include species of vascular plants but is limited to angiosperms. So far, no alien plants have been registered in Kyrgyzstan among pteridophytes and pinophytes.

Class Magnoliophyta

Temporal Coverage

Formation Period 1840-current

Project Data

The project ultimately aims at producing a comprehensive overview and analysis of plant invasions in Kyrgyzstan.

Title Alien plants of Kyrgyzstan
Identifier Alien_plants_of_Kyrgyzstan
Funding This work has received no external funding.
Study Area Description The study covers the whole territory of Kyrgyzstan, located in Central Asia. This territory is predominantly high mountainous, situated in the area with arid continental climates.
Design Description The dataset includes all localities of non-native vascular plants, which were found in spontaneous occurrences (excluding the cases of residence because of intentional introduction). The localities were traced from main herbarium collections (FRU, LE, MW, TASH), citizen-science resources providing documented observations (iNaturalist, Plantarium), and reliable observations traced from published literature, as well as from personal observations of the authors. The dataset is under construction, and more species will be added in the future as the data collection proceeds.

The personnel involved in the project:

Sampling Methods

The dataset is compiled from occurrences documented by herbarium specimens and photographs. In each case the taxonomic identity has been verified or established by the authors. Undocumented observations were included when originated from the authors or traced from reliable published sources. Georeferencing is original when available, or provided by the authors with the utmost accuracy possible using the historical paper maps and contemporary digital mapping resources (Google Maps as a reference); elevation and coordinate uncertainty is estimated individually in each case. All coordinates were converted into WGS84 datum. The nomenclature is not based on any single source but compiled by the first author from a variety of phylogenetic, taxonomic and nomenclatural sources.

Study Extent The dataset contains information on the distribution of alien plants in Kyrgyzstan. It covers all available data, including legacy and ongoing research, and is open for regular updates.
Quality Control The taxonomic identity and geographical location of each record have been assessed by the authors on case by case basis, and corrected when necessary. The original scripts of locality data are stored along with the interpreted information.

Method step description:

  1. The floristic checklist was screened and a residence status (native or alien) was established for each species.
  2. Distributional data were collected for each alien species from herbarium collections, citizen-science resources and literature.
  3. Each record was evaluated taxonomically.
  4. The locality data was processed for each record and structured according to the Darwin Core format.
  5. The period and pathway of introduction were established or inferred for each case, and the resulting information was compiled for a synopsis of alien plants of Kyrgyzstan (published in installments in Biodiversity Data Journal).

Collection Data

Collection Name Institute of Biology
Collection Identifier
Collection Name Komarov Botanical Institute
Collection Identifier
Collection Name Moscow State University
Collection Identifier
Collection Name University of Helsinki
Collection Identifier
Collection Name Academy of Sciences, Uzbekistan
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Additional Metadata

Alternative Identifiers 5b2a5f78-87b9-4880-aa5b-8a8618fe9a1a