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Pridgeon, Alec M.

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Job title: 

Project Staff: Sainsbury Orchid Fellow

Comparative Plant and Fungal Biology
Joined Kew: 


Foreign languages: 

Spanish, Latin, German

Qualifications and appointments: 
  • BA, Univ. Michigan, 1972
  • MS, Louisiana State Univ., 1977
  • PhD, Florida State Univ., 1981
  • Courtesy Curator, Florida Museum of Natural History, University of Florida
  • Editor, Lindleyana, 1986-1991, 1996-2001

Systematics and evolution of Orchidaceae

I coordinate and co-edit Genera Orchidacearum, with contributions in anatomy, palynology, cytogenetics, pollination, uses, cultivation, and/or phylogenetics in each volume. DNA sequencing in several orchid groups, including Cypripedioideae, Orchidoideae and Epidendroideae (subtribes Pleurothallidinae and Eulophiinae), for phylogenetic studies.

Selected publications: 

Pridgeon, A. M. (in press). Introduction. In Anatomy of the Monocotyledons. X. Orchidaceae (M. Gregory and D. F. Cutler, eds.). Oxford University Press.

Pridgeon, A. M., Cribb, P. J. Chase, M. W. and F. N. Rasmussen (eds). (2014). Genera Orchidacearum, Volume 6. Epidendroideae (Part three). Oxford University Press.

Pridgeon, A. M. (ed.). (2013). Proceedings of the Fourth Scientific Conference on Andean Orchids. Lankesteriana 13: 1-154.

Pridgeon, A. M., Cribb, P. J. Chase, M. W. & Rasmussen, F. N. (eds.). (2009). Genera Orchidacearum, Volume 5. Epidendroideae (Part two). Oxford University Press.

Pridgeon, A. M. 2005. Pleurothallidinae (and 36 genera). In Genera Orchidacearum, Volume 4, A. M. Pridgeon, P. J. Cribb, M. W. Chase, & F. N. Rasmussen (eds.). Oxford University Press.