Integrated Monography

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

PhD student looking at Aloes outside of Kew's Alpine House

Team lead: Dr Olwen Grace

Conducting fundamental research on the classification and evolution of plants.

The Integrated Monography team studies taxonomy, classication and evolution of the most economically and ecologically important groups of plants, such as the aloe, grass, legume, myrtle, orchid and palm families. These include the relatives of food crops such as wheat, rice, soy, oil palm and coconut, timbers such as eucalypts and rosewoods, and natural products such as Aloe vera.

We discover and describe species on a global scale, uncovering their evolutionary relationships. Our methods combine plant taxonomic expertise with -omics 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 leader
Dr Olwen Grace

Research leaders
Dr Gwilym Lewis
Dr Eve Lucas
Dr Oscar Alejandro Pérez Escobar
Dr Maria Vorontsova
Dr William J Baker

Research assistant
Dr Natalia Przelomska

Honorary research associates
Derek Clayton
Tom Cope
Dr Soejatmi Dransfield
John Michael Lock 
Dr Barbara Mackinder 
Dr Brian Schrire 
Roger Polhill
Steve Renvoize

PhD students
Watchara Arthan
Anteneh Desta
Gertrude Evusa
Eshetu Fentaw
Caroline Mashau
Andrimalala Rakotonasolo
Cedrique Solofondranohatra
Neng Wei
Yannick Woudstra


  • Scientist loading a gel


    A collaborative network working to identify plants using molecular techniques. 

  • Researchers in the field

    Alien, native, and endemic grasses of Madagascar

    Building up knowledge of grasses in Madagascar.

  • Grassland savanna

    Native grass pasture management to feed people and protect forests

    Working to establish a recommended pasture management scheme and fire regime in Madagascar.