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Darbyshire, Iain A.

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Job title: 

Head of Africa Drylands Team

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


Foreign languages: 

French (basic); Portuguese (basic)

Qualifications and appointments: 
  • BSc (Hons), Geography, Univ. Wales (Aberystwyth), 1997
  • PhD, Univ. Wales (Aberystwyth), 2001

Taxonomy of African Acanthaceae; African floristics; African plant conservation

Taxonomic research focuses upon the Acanthaceae (Shrimp Plant) family in Africa, with a particular interest in the genus Barleria. Further specialist interests include African Linderniaceae, Ochnaceae and Orobanchaceae. Generalist botanical research interests include regional baseline plant survey and inventory work, particularly in under-collected regions, and its application to plant conservation.

Selected publications: 

Darbyshire, I., Vollesen, K. (in press). Acanthaceae (Part 2). In J. Timberlake (ed.) Flora Zambesiaca 8(5). Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

Tripp, E.A., Siti, F., Darbyshire, I. & McDade, L.A. (2013). Origin of African Physacanthus (Acanthaceae) via wide hybridisation. PLos ONE 8(1): e55677 Available online

Champluvier, D. & Darbyshire, I. (2012). Schaueriopsis: a new genus of Acanthaceae (Acanthoideae: Barlerieae) from the Democratic Republic of Congo. Plant Ecology and Evolution 145: 279–284. Available online

Darbyshire, I., Pearce, L. & Banks, H. (2011). The genus Isoglossa (Acanthaceae) in West Africa. Kew Bulletin 66: 425–439. Available online

Darbyshire, I., Vollesen, K. & Ensermu Kelbessa (2010). Acanthaceae (part II). In H. Beentje (ed.) Flora of Tropical East Africa. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.