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Osborne, Jo

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Job title: 

Curator (Africa & Madagascar)

Identification and Naming
Joined Kew: 


Foreign languages: 

French (fluent); Portuguese (intermediate); Spanish (basic)

Qualifications and appointments: 
  • BSc (Hons) Imperial College, 1997
  • MSc (Distinction) Univ. Reading, 1999
  • Kew Sustainability Group representative

I am a botanist in the Africa & Madagascar team with responsibility for curating Kew’s unique Herbarium collections and naming plant specimens. My current research focus is on documenting and conserving plant diversity in eastern and southern tropical Africa, particularly in Mozambique and Zambia. My research supports Kew’s Plants of the World Online Portal, Useful Plants and Fungi Portal and the Tropical Important Plant Areas project.  I teach plant identification for Kew’s Tropical Plant Identification course and also field collecting and Herbarium techniques.

Selected publications: 

Yang, Q., Landrein, S., Osborne, J. & Borosova, R. (2011). Caprifoliaceae. In: Flora of China. Vol. 19 (Cucurbitaceae through Valerianaceae, with Annonaceae and Berberidaceae), ed Wu, Z. Y., P. H. Raven & D. Y. Hong. Science Press, Beijing, and Missouri Botanical Garden Press, St. Louis. 616-641 Available online

Cheek, M. & Osborne, J. (2010) Myrianthus fosi (Cecropiaceae) A new submontane fruit tree from Cameroon. In: The Plants of the Lebialem Highlands, Cameroon, a Conservation Checklist Harvey, Y., Tchiengué, B. & Cheek, M. (eds.), Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

Ghazanfar, S. & Osborne, J. (2010) Conservation through restoration: study of a degraded gravel plain in South Eastern Arabia. Pakistan Journal of Botany, Special Issue (S.I. Ali Festschrift) 42: 193-204

Landrein, S.; Borosova, R.; Osborne, J.; Shah, M.; Rajput, M.T.M.; Tahir, S.S. & Zielinski, J. (2009). Flora of Pakistan No. 216. Rosaceae (I) – Potentilleae & Roseae. Jointly published by the Institute of Plant Conservation, University of Karachi and Missouri Botanical Press Available online

Osborne, J.; Borosova, R.; Briggs, M. & Cable, S. (2009). Survey for baseline information on introduced vascular plants: South Georgia. South Atlantic Invasive Species Project (SAISP), co-ordinated by the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds and funded by the European Commission through EDF-9. South Georgia Introduced Vascular Plants