Research Newsletters

From 1993 onwards, we have published highlights of our staff and student activity in the Oxford Plant Systematics (OPS) newsletters. These include short articles on research projects, staff visits, people and our herbaria.

The first OPS newletter was published in 1993 - click here to read a short summary of the first 25 years.

OPS 1 (1993) * OPS 2 (1994) OPS 3 (1995) * OPS 4 (1996) * OPS 5 (1997) * OPS 6 (1998) * OPS 7 (1999) * OPS 8 (2000) * OPS 9 (2002) * OPS 10 (2003) * OPS 11 (2004) * OPS 12 (2005) * OPS 13 (2006) * OPS 14 (2007) * OPS 15 (2008) * OPS 16 (2009) * OPS 17 (2011) * OPS 18 (2012) * OPS 19 (2013) * OPS 20 (2014) * OPS 21 (2015) * OPS 22 (2016) * OPS 23 (2017) * OPS 24 (2018) * OPS 25 (2019) * OPS 26 (2020) * OPS 27 (2021) * OPS 28 (2023)

Newsletter feature articles

Issue Title Author
1 Leucaena systematics: Mixtecs to Modern ManColin Hughes
1 Yet another assault on Clerodendrum taxonomyDot Steane
2 The rare pines of MexicoAljos Farjon
2 Parkinsonia and CercidiumJulie Hawkins
2 Thomas Kirk: his collections at OxfordMark Large
2 The endemic flora of the granitic SeychellesRosemary Wise
3 Systematics of Oxera and Faradaya (Labiatae)Rogier de Kok
3 The Oxford Forestry Institute's Wood Collection (Xylarium)Ian D. Gourlay
3 The Oxford Botanical Museum and its fateDavid Mabberley
4 Species delimitation problems in Brachystegia BenthAugustine Chikuni
4 Systematics of Stenosiphonium Nees (Acanthaceae): the legacies of Hooker and ThomsonMark Carine
4 Hosea, a monotypic and enigmatic genus of the LabiataeRogier de Kok
5 Rarity of Strobilanthes and StenosiphoniumMark Carine
5 Pollen morpholohgy in BrachystegiaAugustine Chikuni
5 Checklistof the Flora of Mt. Mulanje, MalawiAlison Strugnell
6 Monograph of LeucaenaColin Hughes
6 The systematics of Uncinia (Cyperaceae) and its phylogenetic relationships within CariceaeJulian Starr
6 Faurea (Proteaceae) with special reference to the species found in MalawiSerena Marner
7 Hemigraphis (Acanthacae) from the Philippines. An example of species delimitation.Elizabeth Moylan
7 The botanical legacy of William Dampier (1699-1999).Serena Marner
8 The taxonomy and biology of Strobilanthes cernua Blume, AcanthaceaeJonathan R. Bennett amd Bjarne Hansen
8 Assessing bioquality in Mesoamerican dry forest.Jamie Gordon
8 Tropical forest plant field guide projectWillian Hawthorne
9 Three days collecting in Eastern BoliviaJohn Wood
9 Tropical forest plant field guide projectWilliam Hawthorne
9 Evergreen forest flora of Malawi Book ReviewStuart Cable
10 The Darwin Initiative Project in BoliviaJohn Wood
10 Breathless in the AndesColin Hughes
10 FRP Field Guides Project – the final stagesWilliam Hawthorne
11 Experiences of Ethiopia: highlights of the 17th AETFAT CongressAlex Wortley
11 Collecting in the Botanists’ Promised LandTim Waters
11 Oxford Field Guide Workshop: Field Guide to theWilliam Hawthorne
11 Hunting for StrobilanthesJohn Wood
12 Four new legumes in forty-eight hoursColin Hughes
12 The Oxford-Bolivia Darwin ProjectJohn Wood
12 Classification and phylogeny at the Oxford Botanic GardenTimothy Walker
12 The Oxford University Herbarium databaseStephen Harris
12 Oxford's Virtual Field Herbarium. Bringing tropical plant life to the internetWilliam Hawthorne
13 Insights on Andean Iridaceae through the Darwin InitiativeJohn Wood and Hibert Huaylla
13 Evolutionary studies in BromeliaceaeAndrew Smith
13 400 years old! [A book herbarium from Italy]Serena Marner
13 Bobart the Younger’s Hortus SiccusStephen Harris
14 Point of View : Taxonomists and Parataxonomists –John Wood
14 Every Picture Tells a StoryRosemary Wise
14 Druce and Oxford University HerbariaStephen Harris
14 Linnaeus and OxfordSerena Marner
14 Conservation of endangered coastal biodiversity hotspots of Central ChileStephen Harris
14 Oxford University Canopy Biodiversity Expedition to TrinidadEdward Mitchard
15 Ecological setting and the evolution of Neotropical plants: origins and diversification of the Cerrado floraMarcelo Simon
15 Sibthorp, Bauer and the Flora GraecaStephen Harris
15 Following Linnaeus's journey through GotlandRosemary Wise
15 Publishing online from BRAHMSDenis Filer
16 The evolutionary ecology of nickel hyperaccumulation in Alyssum L. and related speciesTom Flynn
16 Rock outcrops in the Cerrado biome – hotspots of endemismJohn Wood
16 Evolution and biogeography of AglaiaCaroline Pannell
16 The Trower sisters and George Claridge DruceStephen Harris
16 George Claridge Druce's Birthday BookOliver Bridle
16 Mapping diversity using BRAHMSDenis Filer
17 Systematics and Phylogeography of Cardamine hirsuta L.Elizabeth Cooke
17 The evolutionary ecology of nickel hyperaccumulation in Alyssum L. and related speciesTom Flynn
17 Evolution of the CerradoMarcelo Simon & Colin Hughes
17 Stryphnodendron fissuratum, a distinctive endangered tree of the South American cerradosJohn Wood
17 Andes to Amazon in search of BromeliadsSteven Heathcote
17 Molecular sequencing solves a taxonomic mysteryElizabeth Cooke & John R.I. Wood
17 Herbaria are the major frontier for species discoveryRobert Scotland
17 Aglaia novelties from Papua New GuineaCaroline Pannell
17 John Sibthorp: teacher of botanyStephen Harris
18 Rapid Botanic Survey inside and outside the world’s botanic hotspotsWilliam Hawthorne & Cicely Marshall
18 Hunting Hairy Bittercress and other Carpathian CardamineSteven Heathcote & Elizabeth Cooke
18 Following Linnaeus’s journey through Öland, via southern SwedenRosemary Wise
18 Historic herbaria - going on-lineStephen Harris
19 Salicaceae and Achariaceae for Flora Peninsular MalaysiaCaroline Pannell
19 Homology of the daffodil coronaRobert Scotland
19 A diversity of conifersAljos Farjon & Denis Filer
19 The sad history of a Bolivian ButterwortJohn Wood
19 The Japan HotspotTom Price
19 Mark Catesby’s collections in OxfordStephen Harris
20 Plant Hunters – A threatened species: a point of viewJohn Wood
20 Rapid Botanic Survey arrives in EthiopiaCicely Marshall & William Hawthorne
20 The history of discovery of Aglaia (Meliaceae) in AustraliaCaroline Pannell
20 William Baxter’s 1812 botanical excursions around OxfordStephen Harris
21 A lost plant re-discoveredKeith Kirby
21 Identifying Ferdinand Bauer’s materials and methodsRichard Mulholland
21 William Sherard: his herbarium and his PinaxStephen Harris
21 Tropical important plant areas: deep, dry isolated valleysJohn Wood
21 Luehea morphometricsCaroline Pannell
22 Are half the specimens in the herbarium at Edinburgh wrongly named?David Harris
22 Where accuracy obscures truth: a point of viewJohn R.I. Wood
22 Illustrations in the Morisonian HerbariumStephan A. Harris
22 German contributors to Oxford University HerbariaSerena K. Marner
22 A smell in the airKeih Kirby
22 The rediscovery of long-lost Acanthaceae from the Himalayan regionJohn R.I. Wood
23 An evaluation of taxonomists studying IpomoeaJohn R.I. Wood
23 Herbaria in the Botanic GardenStephen A. Harris
23 A tale of two speciesKeith Kirby
23 Tropical rainforest dispersal biology in Far Northern QueenslandCaroline Pannell
23 BRAHMS and BRAHMS OnlineDenis Filer
23 A visit to Bolivia to refind and reassess some recently described speciesJohn R.I. Wood
24 Roots in the Paleo Botanical CollectionAlexander J. Hetherington and Liam Dolan
24 What did the Garden grow?Stephen A. Harris
24 Painting by numbersRosemary Wise
24 George Claridge Druce's career as a botanistSerena K. Marner
24 Some are born rare, some have rareness thrust upon themKeith Kirby
24 Is there no end to it?John R.I. Wood
24 BRAHMS: Management of natural HistoryDenis Filer and Andrew Liddell
25 Reflections on the first-year Biological Sciences BA field trip to Pembrokeshire, WalesClaudia Havranek
25 In Humboldt's tracks: reflections on an undergraduate field course in TenerifeStephen A. Harris
25 Ghost forests, fire and sleeping beauties/ConvolvulaceaeJohn R.I. Wood
25 Degrees of nativenessKeith Kirby
25 Towards a taxonomy of taxonomistsJohn R.I. Wood
25 Advances with BRAHMS mappingDenis Filer and Andrew Liddell
25 Thomas Shaw's eighteenth-century Levantine and Barbary plantsStephen A. Harris
26 Six years of integrated systematic studies on Ipomoea at OxfordPablo Muñoz-Rodríguez
26 Something new or something rare?John R.I. Wood
26 Recent Rapid Botanic Survey from West and East AfricaWilliam Hawthorne and Cicely Marshall
26 Ash dieback – what will it mean for the woodland ground flora?Keith Kirby
26 Researching hidden histories of women in botanyGem Toes-Crichton
26 First rules for the Fielding HerbariumStephen A. Harris
26 Dillenius in OxfordGraham Avery
26 Druce Collection: autographs of British BotanistsSerena K. Marner
26 A revelation in full colourJohn R.I. Wood and Rosa Villanueva-Espinoza
27 ‘Restoring indigenous names in taxonomy’John R.I. Wood
27 Five decades of ground flora changeKeith Kirby
27 What’s in a date?Stephen A. Harris
27 BRAHMS developments.Denis Filer
27 Early eighteenth-century botanical friendshipsHenrietta McBurney
27 Phylogeography of Aglaia elaeagnoidea in AustraliaCaroline Pannell
27 A new chorological map of the tropical African floraWilliam Hawthorne
28 Two experiences of a field trip to EcuadorPablo Muñoz-Rodríguez and John Wood
28 A field guide to Lauraceae in Ecuador’s Chocó-Andino “bear corridor”Tom Wells
28 Oxford and Rapid Botanic Survey (RBS) in inclement timesWilliam Hawthorne
28 Strobilanthes violifoliaJohn R.I. Wood & Apurba Kumar Das
28 Aglaia elaeagnoidea: a complex taleCaroline Pannell
28 Innovations and project news with BRAHMSDenis Filer & Andrew Liddell
28 Virtual Plant HuntingJohn R.I. Wood
28 Ten Bamboo Studio collection of calligraphy and paintingSophie Wilcox
28 Oaks in WythamKeith Kirby
28 Charles Elton’s herbariumStephen A. Harris
28 Island specimens from Greenland, Saint Helena and the SeychellesSerena K. Marner

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