Welcome to the 'Climbers of Guyana' website

This site provides a vegetative key to the families of climber species in central Guyana, South America, particularly the Mabura Hill area. Furthermore, a detailed description of all species found in the framework of our research (see below) can be found.

Vegetative key

In order to use the vegetative key, the first step is to indicate whether a species has simple or compound leaves and whether the leaf arrangement is alternate or opposite. The icons of these leaf characteristics are found on the left side. Clicking on one of the icons will lead to a specific part of the vegetative key, allowing to key out to the family level. Clicking on a family name will result in a list with all climber species in that family.

Family & Species

Click left on a family name and a dropdown menu with all the climber species belonging to that particular family will be shown. At the same time, a vegetative key to the species (where available; at this moment only the Menispermaceae) and a species list will appear. By clicking on a species name the corresponding page will be loaded. On that page you will find a vegetative description of the species with drawings and pictures where available.


Related sites can be found on the links page.


Data available on this site result from a 1999 - 2002 research programme ' The use of liana diversity for logging damage assessment', undertaken by Renske C. Ek and Niels Raes (National Herbarium of the Netherlands, Utrecht branch) and funded by the European Union and the Dutch Tropenbos Foundation. In its turn, this project was a continuation of a 1992 - 1997 Tropenbos Guyana research programme 'Botanical Diversity in the Tropical Rain Forest of Guyana', undertaken by Renske C. Ek (NHN-U). For more information see the sites on the links page.


The contact page contains e-mail addresses of Renske C. Ek, the coordinator of the research and Niels Raes, botanist working on the project and creator of this website. All additional information or comments will be welcomed. Additional information will be added to the site and your name will be mentioned. Our aim is to make this site as complete as possible !

Citing 'Climbers of Guyana' Website

Although this website is not a Flora and is not a journal publication, you should cite it just as such. This will ensure that the authors receive credit for their contribution and make it easier for other researchers to make use of the website. The correct citation format is:

Raes, N. & R.C. Ek. 2002. Climbers of Guyana - website. https://www.lianas-of-guyana.org/

© 2002 N. Raes & R.C. Ek. Utrecht University, the Netherlands.
Last update June, 2012
Niels Raes