Integrated Monography

We study the taxonomy, classification and evolution of economically and ecologically important plants.

Researcher looking at Aloes on the rocks outside of Kew's Alpine House

Team lead: Dr Eve Lucas

Conducting fundamental research on the classification and evolution of plants.

The Integrated Monography team studies taxonomy, classication and evolution of economically and ecologically important groups of plants, such as the aloe, grass, sedge, legume, myrtle, orchid and palm families. These include the relatives of food crops such as wheat, rice, tigernuts, Chinese water chestnuts, soy, cloves, vanilla, oil palm, date palm, and coconut, and timbers such as rattans, eucalypts and rosewoods.

We discover and describe species on a global scale, uncovering their evolutionary relationships. Our methods combine plant taxonomic expertise with state-of-the-art technologies to complete the tree of life for focal plant groups and unlock fundamental biodiversity knowledge for the broadest audiences.

Our collections, which have been developed and refined by generations of experts, are the cornerstone of our research. They have enabled us to develop unrivalled expertise in our focal groups and collaborative partnerships across the world.

Team members

Senior research leaders
Dr Eve Lucas
Dr Isabel Larridon

Research leaders
Dr Eve Lucas
Dr Gwilym Lewis
Dr Bat Vorontsova
Dr Oscar Alejandro Pérez Escobar

Future leader fellows
Dr Alexandre Zuntini
Dr Benedikt Kuhnhäuser

Research assistant
Rafael Felipe de Almeida

Honorary researchers
Dr Tom Cope
Dr Soejatmi Dransfield
Dr Ai-Qun (Daisy) Hu
Dr Mike Lock 
Dr Roger Polhill
Dr Natalia Przelomska
Dr Brian Schrire

PhD students
Jed Arno
George Burton
Thiago Fernandes
Sebastian Hatt
Cecil Lee-Grant
Juliene Maciel da Silva 
Lizo Masters
Jérémie Morel
Millicent Oulo
Charlotte Philips
Landy Rajaovelona
Fitiavana Rasaminirina