Number of melliferous plants and important literature

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Ethiopia: The most important melliferous plants are well documented. Fichtl & Adi (1994) described over 500 species of melliferous plants in Ethiopia (400 herbs/shrubs and 100 trees). [1] Another important book by Admasu et al. (2014) describes nearly 400 important species. [2] Abera (2017) also describes important plants focussing on the south-eastern region of Ethiopia. [3] Assemu et al. (2013) listed the 27 most important melliferous plants for the western Amhara region and summarized them in a floral calendar. [4] Nevertheless, a floral calendar covering all regions of Ethiopia does not exist! In addition a book entitled "Atlas of honey plant pollen grain" was published by Nuru (2007), containing pictures and descriptions of pollen grains and their morphological structure. [5]

Indonesia: So far, there is no literature available on important melliferous plants in Indonesia, but there is a study by Jasmi (2017) which describes important forage plants for A. cerana in polyculture plantation. [6] Due to the similar biology and behaviour of A. cerana and A. mellifera, we assume that the described plants serve also as food sources for the introduced A. mellifera species. A floral calendar is also missing for Indonesia.


  1. Fichtl, R., & Adi, A. (1994). Honeybee Flora of Ethiopia. Margraf Verlag Germany.
  2. Admasu, A., Kibebew, W., Ensermu, K., & Amssalu, B. (2014). Honeybee Forages of Ethiopia. Holeta Bee Research Center, Ethiopia.
  3. Abera, H. D. (2017). Identification of Honey Source Bee Floras During Major and Minor Honey Harvesting Seasons in Jimma Zone, Southwest Ethiopia. Journal of Environment and Earth Science. 7(3), 25-32.
  4. Assemu, T., Kerealem, E., & Adebabay, K. (2013). Assessment of Current Beekeeping Management Practice and Honey Bee Floras of Western Amhara, Ethiopia. Inter J Agri Biosci, 2(5), 196-201.
  5. Amssalu, B. (2016). Apiculture Research Achievements, Challenges and Future Prospects in Ethiopia. In: Agricultural Research for Ethiopian Renaissance Challenges, Opportunities and Directions. Proceedings of the National Conference on Agricultural Research for Ethiopian Renaissance. Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
  6. Jasmi (2017). Diversity and blooming season of food sources plant of Apis cerana (Hymenoptera: Apidae) in polyculture plantation in West Sumatra, Indonesia. Biodiversitas, 18(1), 34-40.