Revisions and monography

The Department of Plant Sciences has a long history of botanical monography and taxonomy dating back to Robert Morison's monograph of Umbelliferae in the 17th century.

In recent times, we have published major monographic studies for a range of tropical taxa including Chrysobalanaceae, Lecythidaceae, Pinus, Strobilanthes, Andira, Leucaena, and Aglaia.

Most recently Robert Scotland & John Wood have pioneered 'Foundation Monographs' which aim to accelerate the pace of taxonomic revisions of large problematic groups Creating a fast-track for accurately classifying plants.

The first two foundation monographs were published in 2015 on Convolvulus and Ipomoea in Bolivia.

Oxford taxonomy alumni include Joseph Banks, Mark Carine, Martin Cheek, Aljos Farjon, Ray Harley, David Harris, Colin Hughes, David Mabberley, Terry Pennington, Toby Pennington, Ghillean Prance, Tiina Särkinen, Frank White, Tim Whitmore, Alexandra Wortley, and many others.

Selected publications since 1992

  • Wood, J.R.I., Carine, M.A., Harris, D.J., Wilkin, P., Williams, B.R.M. & R.W. Scotland. 2015. Ipomoea (Convolvulaceae) in Bolivia. Kew Bulletin 70(31), 1-124.
  • Wood, J.R.I., Williams, B.R.M., Mitchell, T.C., Carine, M.A., Harris, D.J. & R.W. Scotland. 2015. A foundation monograph of Convolvulus. Phytokeys 51, 1-282.
  • Hawthorne, W.D. (2013) Six new Pavetta (Rubiaceae), including three 'litter-bin' species from the evergreen forests of Western Africa. Kew Bulletin. 68 (4): pp 559-577. doi:10.1007/s12225-013-9484-7 .
  • Wood, J.R.I., Williams, B.P. & R.W. Scotland. 2012. Diceratotheca, a new genus of Acanthaceae from Thailand. Kew Bulletin. 67(4), 687-695.
  • Bebber, D.P., Carine, M.A., Davidse, G., Harris, D.J., Haston, E.M., Penn, M.G., Cafferty, S., Wood J.R.I. & R.W. Scotland (2012). Big hitting collectors make massive and disproportionate contribution to the discovery of plant species. Proc. R. Soc. B. 279: 2269-2274.
  • Wood, J. R. I. & Scotland, R. W. 2009. New and little known species of Strobilanthes (Acanthaceae) from India and South East Asia. Kew Bulletin 64, 3-47.
  • Wortley, A.H., Harris, D.J. & R.W. Scotland. 2007. On the Taxonomy and Phylogenetic Position of Thomandersia. Systematic Botany 32(2), 415-444.
  • Pennington, R.T. 2003. A monograph of Andira (Leguminosae: Papilionoideae). Syst Bot Monogr 64, 1-145.
  • Bennett, J. R. & Scotland, R. W. 2003. A revision of Strobilanthes (Acanthaceae) in Java. Kew Bulletin 58, 1 - 82.
  • Wood, J. R. & Scotland, R. W. 2003. Strobilanthes: panicled species from East Asia. Kew Bulletin 58, 679 - 702.
  • Wood, J. R. I., Bennett, J. R. & Scotland, R. W. 2003. Notes on Strobilanthes: the Sympagis group. Kew Bulletin 58: 131 - 173. Kew Bulletin 58, 131 - 173.
  • Wood, J. R. I. & Scotland, R. W. 2003. The 2-lipped species of Strobilanthes (Acanthaceae). Kew Bulletin 58, 83 - 129.
  • Moylan, E. C., Pennington, R. T. & Scotland, R. W. 2002. Taxonomic account of Hemigraphis Nees (Strobilanthinae-Acanthaceae) from the Philippines. Kew Bulletin 57, 769 - 825.
  • Scotland, R.W. & K. Vollesen. 2000. Classification of Acanthaceae. Kew Bulletin 55: 513 - 589.
  • Carine, M. A. & Scotland, R. W. 2000. Taxonomy and biology of Stenosiphonium Nees (Acanthaceae). Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society 133, 101 - 128.
  • Hughes, C.E. 1998. Monograph of Leucaena (Leguminosae: Mimosoideae). Systematic Botany Monographs 55, 1-244.
  • Mabberley, D.J. 1997. The Plant-Book: A portable dictionary of the higher plants. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.
  • Farjon, A. & Styles, B. T. 1997. Pinus Pinaceae. Published for Organization for Flora Neotropica by the New York Botanical Garden, New York.
  • White, F. 1993. Twenty-two new and little known species of Diospyros (Ebenaceae) from New Caledonia with comments on section Maba. Bulletin du Museum National d'Histoire Naturelle, 4 ser., 14, sect B, Adansonia 2, 179-222.
  • Pannell, C.M. 1992. A monograph of Aglaia. London HMSO.