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Clark, Ruth P.

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Job title: 

Systematic Botanist, Leguminosae

Herbarium, Library, Arts and Archives
Joined Kew: 


Foreign languages: 

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

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

Research into Leguminosae, with particular interest in South East Asia.

Currently working on a revision of the genus Mezoneuron, a group which has been treated previously as a subgenus of Caesalpinia. The genus contains 25 – 30 species, its main centre of distribution being in South-East Asia, but with species also in Australia, Africa, and with c.6 endemics in New Caledonia, 1 in Madagascar, and 1 in Hawaii.

Teaching on the International Herbarium Techniques Course, and the Tropical Plant Families Identification Course.

One of the small team of Herbarium Pest Officers.

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

Clark, R. (2014), Leguminosae (Fabaceae), in The Kew Tropical Plant Families Identification Handbook, Utteridge, T., Bramley, G. (Eds), Kew Publishing, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew Buy 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 Volume 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

Revision of the genus Sarcodum (Leguminosae: Papilionoideae: MillettieaeAvailable online