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Vollesen, Kaj

Job title: 

Honorary Research Fellow

Herbarium, Library, Art and Archives
Joined Kew: 


Foreign languages: 

Danish, Swedish, basic French and German, reasonably good Swahili

Qualifications and appointments: 
  • MSc: Univ. of Copenhagen, 1973
  • PhD: Univ. of Copenhagen, 1981

Systematics of Acanthaceae Flora Zambesiaca, general floristic and ecological work in East and Northeast Africa, working with the MSB project in East Africa.

Writing accounts of Acanthaceae for Flora Zambesiaca. General floristic and ecological work in poorly known regions of Tanzania and Ethiopia. Assisting the MSB Project's work in East Africa, especially Tanzania.

Selected publications: 

Darbyshire, I, Kelbessa, E. & Vollesen, K. (2010). Flora of Tropical East Africa. Acanthaceae (Part 2). 287- 756. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

Vollesen, K. (2008). Flora of Tropical East Africa. Acanthaceae (Part 1). 1- 286. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

Mcdade, Daniel, T. F., Kiel, C. A. & Vollesen, K. (2005). Phylogenetic Relationships among Acantheae (Acanthaceae): Major Lineages Present Contrasting Patterns of Molecular Evolution an Morphological Differentation. Systematic Botany 30: 834 – 862.

Friis, I & Vollesen, K. (2005). Flora of the Sudan-Uganda border area east of the Nile. II. Catalogue of vascular plants, 2nd part, vegetation and phytogeography. - Biologiske Skrifter 51 (2): 390-855.

Vollesen, K. (2004). Three new species of Blepharis (Acanthaceae). Kew Bull. 57: 451-457.