Dr Gemma L C Bramley

Research Leader


Accelerated Taxonomy




South East Asian floristics and herbaceous plant diversity; taxonomy and systematics of Lamiaceae and Gesneriaceae; New Guinea

As a Research Leader in the Asia team (Identification and Naming), my role is to carry out and develop floristic and systematic research on Asian plants. My specialist interest is the taxonomy and systematics of the Lamiaceae and Gesneriaceae. A particular focus is to better understand herbaceous plant diversity in the threatened rain forests of tropical SE Asia, using the species-rich genus Cyrtandra (Gesneriaceae) as a model group.

I also organise the NERC funded Applied Plant Taxonomy, Identification and Field Survey Skills course, and am co-ordinator for the ‘Plant Taxonomy and Diversity’ module in Kew’s MSc course in Plant and Fungal Taxonomy, Diversity and Conservation, in partnership with Queen Mary University of London.

  • BA (Hons), Univ. Oxford (Somerville College), 2000
  • PhD, Univ. Edinburgh, 2003
  • MSc (Science Communication), Imperial College 2010
  • Kew Bulletin Editorial Board
  • Edinburgh Journal of Botany Editorial Board

Cámara-Leret, R., Frodin, D. G., Adema, F., Anderson, C., Appelhans, M. S., et al. (2020).

New Guinea has the world’s richest island flora.

Nature 584(7822), 579-583.

Atkins, H. J., Bramley, G. L. C., Johnson, M. A., Kartonegoro, A., Nishii, K., Kokubugata, G., Moeller, M. & Hughes, M. (2020).

A molecular phylogeny of Southeast Asian Cyrtandra (Gesneriaceae) supports an emerging paradigm for Malesian plant biogeography.

Frontiers of Biogeography 12(1).

Atkins, H., Heatubun, C., Galloway, L. & Bramley, G. (2019).

Two new species, Cyrtandra bungahijau and C. vittata, and notes on Cyrtandra (Gesneriaceae) from Yapen Island, Indonesia.

Kew Bulletin 74(2).

Bramley, G., Bongcheewin, B., Davies, N., de Kok, R., Mabberley, D., Suddee, S., Walsingham, L. & Wearn, J. (2019). 

Flora Malesiana Lamiaceae

23Naturalis Biodiversity Center under the auspices of Foundation Flora Malesiana.

Li, B., Cantino, P.D., Olmstead, R.G., Bramley, G. L. C., Xiang, C.-L., Ma,  Z.-H. , Tan, Y.-H. & Zhang,D.-X. (2016).

A large-scale chloroplast phylogeny of the Lamiaceae sheds new light on its subfamilial classification.

Scientific Reports 6:34343.

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