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Lock, J. Michael (Retired)

Job title: 

Honorary Research Fellow

Honorary Research Fellow
Foreign languages: 

French, basic Swahili

Qualifications and appointments: 
  • BA, Univ. Cambridge, 1963
  • MA, Univ. Cambridge, 1967
  • PhD, Univ. Cambridge, 1967
  • Editor, Kew Bulletin (1990-2004)
  • Editorial Board, Journal of Arid Environments (1992-1996)
  • Associate Editor, African Journal of Ecology (1998-2003)
  • Assistant Editor (Taxonomy), Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society

Taxonomy of African Monocotyledons, particularly Xyridaceae and Zingiberaceae. Taxonomy of African Leguminosae. Vegetation of Africa.

Following retirement from Kew work has continued on Leguminosae, assisting with the preparation of ‘Legumes of the World' and contributions on the family for ‘Flora Zambesiaca'. This is now largely complete and now preparing accounts of Monocot families for the same Flora, including Zingiberaceae, Costaceae, Cannaceae, Musaceae, Marantaceae, Agavaceae, and Xyridaceae. In the longer term a continent-wide revision of Xyridaceae (perhaps 60 species, all of seasonally or permanently wet nutrient-poor sites) is planned.

Selected publications: 

Lewis, G.P., Schrire, B.D., Mackinder, B.A. & Lock, J.M. (2005). Legumes of the World. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Pp. c.600. [J.M.Lock: Author of Tribes Amorpheae, Thermopsidae, Hedysareae, Trifolieae; co-author of Tribes Loteae, Fabeae, Cicereae, Galeageae.]

Lock, J.M. & Ford, C. (2004). Legumes of Malesia: a check-list. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. 295 pp.

Lock, J.M. (2002). New species of Xyris (Xyridaceae) from Tanzania. Kew Bulletin. 57: 445-450.

Lock, J.M. (2001). Ecosystems of Africa. In Levin, S.A.(ed). Encyclopedia of Biodiversity, Vol. 1. Academic Press. 55-70.