Recognizing the rich plant diversity in central Mozambique, Meg Coates Palgrave started a survey of the woody species of the area and established a field herbarium at Catapó. This has greatly enhanced available resources for research and education in the area. The trees at Catapó have been numbered and tagged, their exact position recorded and voucher specimens prepared, which resulted in a living reference collection, cross-referenced to herbarium specimens, available on site.

The herbarium uses an alphabetical arrangement for families as well as for genera and species. This makes it easy for non-specialists to find specimens, and unskilled personnel can add mounted material to the herbarium. It currently house 1370 specimens representing 100 families, 350 genera and over 500 species of which 500 duplicate vouchers are stored at the herbarium at the University of Johannesburg (JRAU), South Africa. All collections since February 2010 (± 500 specimens) are sequenced for the two DNA barcoding genes (rbcL & matK) and are available on the BOLD system (


The herbarium is situated at Catapó, the logging concession of TCT Dalmann Furniture, Lda. It is located 30-40 km south of the Zambezi River and on the northwestern side of the Inhamitanga Village in the district of Cheringoma, Sofala Province, central Mozambique at S18 °00'05'' and E35 °08'13''.

The herbarium currently consists of a metal container divided into two. One side is utilized as a preparation room and the other side serves as the herbarium.