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Crawford, Frances M.

Frances Crawford
Job title: 

Assistant Curator (Africa and Madagascar Research Team)

Identification and Naming
Joined Kew: 


Foreign languages: 

Afrikaans (basic), German (basic), Portuguese (basic)

Qualifications and appointments: 
  • BA, Environmental Science & Physical Geography, Rhodes University, South Africa, 2001
  • Hons, Physical Geography, Rhodes University, South Africa, 2002
  • MSc Plant Diversity, University of Reading, 2011

I am responsible for the curation and naming of incoming plant material from Africa and Madagascar alongside other members the African and Madagascan Research Team.

I have a particular interest in Namibia, Angola, Ethiopia and Mozambique. I support a part of our teams project work which focuses on under collected and poorly documented floristic regions involving in-country collaboration. 

I am also involved in ongoing research on the genus Guibourtia (Leguminosae).

Selected publications: 

Crawford, F. (2014). Amaranthaceae, Linderniaceae, Ochnaceae and Orobanchaceae. In: Utteridge, T.M.A. & Bramley, G.C. (eds) The Kew Tropical Plant Families Identification Handbook. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

Crawford, F. & Darbyshire, I. (Accepted). Ochna dolicharthros (Ochanceae); A new species from Northern Mozambique.

Beentje, H. & Crawford, F. (submitted). Doubtful no more: the case of Strophanthus angusii F. White (Apocynaceae).

Timberlake, J., Goyder, D., Crawford, F., Burrows, J., Clarke, G. P., Luke, Q., Matimele, H., Müller, T., Pascal, O., de Sousa, C. & Alves, T. (2011). Coastal dry forests in Mozambique. Plant Ecology & Evolution 144(2): 126-137.

Crawford, F. (2010). Juncaceae. In: Timberlake, J.T. & Martins, E.S. eds 2010. Flora Zambesiaca. Vol. 13 (4), RBG Kew.