Baseline Studies Of The Floral Biodiversity Of A Proposed Crude Oil Exploration Field In Edo State, Nigeria.

  • Akinnibosun H. A. Department of Plant Biology and Biotechnology, Faculty of Life Sciences, University of Benin, P. M. B. 1154, Ugbowo, Benin City, 300001, Edo State.
  • Omatsola M. E. 2Industrial Safety and Environmental Engineering Department, Petroleum Training Institute, P. M. B. 20, Effurun, Delta State.


As part of an environmental impact assessment (EIA) requirement for a development project such as an oil company, baseline documentation of the flora and fauna of such area on which the project is to be sited is of great importance. This   paper, one of such in a series of studies carried out by the authors presents the baseline documentation of the vegetation composition and flora diversity of Utesi East field; a proposed crude oil exploration field in Edo State, Nigeria. The study revealed the occurrence of 112 species of plants belonging to 102 genera and 58 families. In addition to the floristic composition, habitat types, the economic uses, status, habit and percentage frequency of occurrence of the plant species encountered in this field were also reported.