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Major Latin American Floras

Kew's contribution to regional and local Latin American Floras


Daniela Sampaio

Kew's taxonomic specialists continue to have editorial presence and contribute substantial works to the most well known of the Latin American Floras. Kew staff sit on the editorial boards of Flora Neotropica and the Flora of the Guianas, the latter currently published at Kew.

Examples of regional Floristic treatments produced or contributed to by Kew staff include:

  • Flora of the Guianas Cyrillaceae (2011), Mimosoideae (2011), Myrtaceae, Sapotaceae, Meliaceae; Leguminosae for the Flora of Ecuador, the Flora of North America and Flora Mesoamericana; Lamiaceae for Flora Mesoamericana.

 Examples of more local Floristic treatments produced or contributed to by Kew staff include:

  • The Leguminosae and Myrtaceae accounts of the Flora of Sao Paulo (Brasil). Leguminosae for the Flora del Bajio and Flora of Guerrero (Mexico)

Kew also provides supervision and capacity building for visiting students and staff on short grants such as the Kew Latin American Research Fellowship (KLARF). These visiting researchers commonly return to their countries of origin to complete various Flora treatments. 

Key publications 2006-2011

  • Barneby, R.C., Grimes, J.W., & Poncy, O. (2011). 87. Leguminosae subfamily Mimosoideae with taxonomic editorial by Gwil Lewis. Flora of the Guianas, Series A, Fasc. 28, pp. 386. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
  • Klitgård, B.B. (2011). Catoferia, Chaunostoma, Lepechinia, Salvia, Teucrium. In: Flora Mesoamericana, electronic version on
  • Pennington, T. D. (2007). Sapotaceae. In G. Harling & C. Persson (ser. eds), Flora of Ecuador. vol. 152. Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences, Göteborg University, Sweden.
  • Rico Arce, M. de L. (2007). Acacia, Acaciella, CojobaIn Familia Leguminosae, Subfamilia Mimosoideae. Flora del Bajío y de Regiones Adyacentes 150: 8-50, 50-68, 85-89.
  • Biggs, N. & Pennington, T.D. (2007). Conversion of existing floristic accounts to the Flora of the Guianas format – practicalities and challenges. Fl. Guianas Newsletter (Special workshop issue) 15: 36 – 41.