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Phillips, Sylvia

Job title: 

Honorary Research Fellow

Herbarium, Library, Art and Archives
Joined Kew: 


Foreign languages: 


Qualifications and appointments: 
  • BSc (Hons.), Univ. Bristol, 1966.
  • Ph.D, Univ. Bristol, 1997.

Systematics and floristics of Poaceae, especially Africa and China; and of Eriocaulaceae, with emphasis on Old World.

Floristic accounts for Flora of Tropical East Africa, Flora of Ethiopia and Flora of China (Grasses); and for Flora of Ceylon, Flora of Tropical East Africa, Flora Zambesiaca and Flore du Cameroun (Eriocaulaceae). Collaboration with ILRI (Ethiopia) on data quality of forage grasses in their field genebank. Also, Portulacaceae for Flora of Tropical East Africa.

Selected publications: 

Phillips, S.M. & Chen, S.L. (2006). Poaceae. In Wu, Z.G. & Raven, P.E. (eds) Flora of China. Vol. 22. Beijing & St Louis: Science Press & Missouri Botanical Garden Press. 733.

Phillips, S., Namaganda, M. & Lye, K.A. (2003). 115 Ugandan Grasses. Makerere Herbarium Handbook no.1.

Phillips, S. (2002) Flora of Tropical East Africa, Portulacaceae. 40 pp. Ed. Beentje. Balkema, Rotterdam.

Phillips, S. & Chen, S.L. (2002). The genus Tripogon (Poaceae) in China. Kew Bull. 57: 911–924.