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Clark, Ruth P.

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Job title: 

Career Development Fellow, Identification and Naming (Asia)

Identification and Naming
Joined Kew: 


Foreign languages: 

French (intermediate), Italian (intermediate), Spanish (basic)

Qualifications and appointments: 
  • BSc (Hons), Ecology
  • MSc, Environmental Sustainability

I am a specialist in the family Leguminosae. My current research is Taxonomy, Systematics and Conservation of Australasian Leguminosae – Caesalpinioideae, with a particular focus on the genera Mezoneuron, Bauhinia s.l., Crudia, Maniltoa and Cynometra.

Selected publications: 

Mackinder, B.A., Ruth Clark (2014) A synopsis of the Asian and Australasian genus Phanera Lour. (Cercideae: Caesalpinioideae: Leguminosae) including 19 new combinations. Phytotaxa 166 (1): 049–68 Available online

G.P. Lewis, B.D. Schrire, B.A. Mackinder, L. Rico & Clark, R. (2013). A 2013 linear sequence of legume genera set in a phylogenetic context. A tool for collections management and taxon sampling. South African Journal of Botany 89: 76–84. Available online

Mackinder, B.A., Clark, R. (2012) Baphia rosa Mackinder and R. Clark (Leguminosae – Papilionoideae), a new species from the Kabompo District of Zambia and notes on Baphia chrysophylla, Baphia claessensii and Baphia gilletii from the Democratic Republic of Congo. Kew Bulletin 67 (3), 413-420 Available online

Clark, R., van der Burgt, X., Banks, H., Feika, A.M.B., Lewis, G. (2011) A synopsis of Pseudovigna (Leguminosae: Papilionoideae) including a new species, P. sulaensis, from Sierra Leone. Kew Bulletin VOL. 66: 589 - 599 Available online

Clark, R. (2008). Revision of the genus Sarcodum (Leguminosae: Papilionoideae: Millettieae). Kew Bulletin 63: 155-159. Available online