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Beentje, Henk J.

Job title: 

Honorary Research Associate

Herbarium, Library, Art & Archives
Regional Teams
Joined Kew: 

1991 (FTA), 1995 (core staff)

Foreign languages: 

Dutch, French, German, Latin (basic), Italian (basic)

Qualifications and appointments: 
  • BSc, Univ. of Amsterdam 1973
  • MSc, Univ. of Amsterdam 1978
  • PhD, Univ. of Wageningen 1982
  • Editor, Journal of the East Africa Natural History Society (1985-89)
  • Editor, Utafiti: Occas. Pap. of the National Museums of Kenya (1987-89)
  • Co-convenor, DIVERSITAS subgroup element 3 (1998-2000)
  • IUCN/SSC East African Plant Specialist Group
  • Botanical editor, Systematics &  Biodiversity (2005-2009)
  • Botanical editor, Webbia (2010-

African plants especially trees and Compositae; endemism; Floras and field guides.

Taxonomic treatments have concentrated on Flora treatments and field guides of African plant groups, concentrating on East African plants and trees. There is well-established collaboration with African colleagues from Kenya, Uganda, Mozambique, Ethiopia and Madagascar. A key task is the completion of the Flora of Tropical East Africa, and I have written up several families (Compositae, Aspleniaceae, Ericaceae, Restionaceae, Cymodoceaceae, Hydnoraceae, several other small families, glossary) as well as edited sixteen parts in the last five years. Identification of plants from East Africa (mostly Compositae) and Madagascar (mostly Compositae, Palmae) take up considerable time, with 500–800 identifications per year. Other interests are publications on

  • degrees of endemism in East African Flora
  • African trees
  • conservation of African plants
  • Compositae and Pandanaceae of the Flora of Peninsular Malaysia
Selected publications: 

Hoenselaar K., Verdcourt B. & Beentje, H.J. (2010). Cyperaceae. Flora of Tropical East Africa. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Pp 467.

(and edited sixteen parts of the Flora Tropical East Africa)

Beentje, H.J. (2010). The Kew Plant Glossary, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Pp 601.

Beentje, H.J. (2008). Aspleniaceae. Flora of Tropical East Africa. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Pp 75

Beentje, H.J. & Bandeira, S. (2007). Field guide to the mangrove trees of Africa and Madagascar. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Pp 91..

Dransfield, J., Beentje, H.J., Britt, A., Ranarivelo, T. & Razafilsalama, J. (2006). Field guide to the palms of Madagascar. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Pp. 172. (Also published in Malagasy: Toro-lalan'irea satrapotsy eto Madagasikara)