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Drinkell, Clare L.

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Job title: 

Assistant Botanist

Regional Teams
Joined Kew: 


Qualifications and appointments: 

BA (Hons), Leicester Polytechnic, 1992


South-East Asian and Pacific/Orchidaceae curatorial support;  Latin American Plants Initiative.

(Currently) Curation and maintenance of South-East Asian and Pacific herbarium collections, including preparation for mounting, sorting, identification and incorporation of new material; re-curation of material according to published revisions; processing of loans to and from the Herbarium, databasing as required; dealing with enquiries and visitors to the section; Systematic research into Systellantha (Myrsinaceae) and the development of tropical plant identification skills.

(From March 2010) Curation of Orchidaceae herbarium material, including selection of specimens for loan to other institutions; preparation of specimens for inclusion in Herbarium and Spirit collections; overseeing and assisting visitors to the Herbarium; verification of living material from Central and South America; databasing of Orchidaceae specimens for outgoing requests from other institutions and associate researchers, and of Orchidaceae types and Lindley Herbarium. Undertaking botanical fieldwork in Australia and Indonesia.

Selected publications: 

Gale, S., Drinkell, C. (2007). Calanthe arisanensis, Curtis's Botanical Magazine Vol. 24, Issue 4, pages 206-210. Available online

Drinkell, C. (2007), Dracula cordobae, Curtis's Botanical Magazine Vol. 24, Issue 2, pages 101-107. Available online