Jo Osborne

MSBP Southern Africa Programme Officer


Enhanced Partnerships


Millennium Seed Bank Partnership


Botanist specialising in vegetation survey and plant identification, African plant diversity, conservation and ethnobotany

I am the Millennium Seed Bank Partnership Southern Africa Programme Officer. My current research focus is on documenting and conserving plant diversity in eastern and southern tropical Africa, particularly in Mozambique and Zambia. My research supports Kew’s Plants of the World Online Portal, Useful Plants and Fungi Portal and the Tropical Important Plant Areas project.  I teach plant identification for Kew’s Tropical Plant Identification course and also field collecting and Herbarium techniques.

  • BSc (Hons) Imperial College, 1997
  • MSc (Distinction) Univ. Reading, 1999
  • Kew Sustainability Group representative

Landrein, S., Borosova, R., Osborne, J., Ghazanfar, S.A., McAllister, H., Rajput, M.T.M. & Tahir, S.S. (2017).

Rosaceae (II).

In: S.I. Ali & M. Qaiser (eds). Flora of Pakistan 221: 161 Pp. Centre for Plant Conservation, University of Karachi, Karachi, Pakistan.

Osborne, J., Vollesen, K. & Darbyshire, I. (2015).

Oxygonum pterocarpum (Polygonaceae), a striking new species from Tanzania.

Kew Bulletin 70:21. 

Yang, Q., Landrein, S., Osborne, J. & Borosova, R. (2011).


In: Flora of China. Vol. 19 (Cucurbitaceae through Valerianaceae, with Annonaceae and Berberidaceae), ed Wu, Z. Y., P. H. Raven & D. Y. Hong. Science Press, Beijing, and Missouri Botanical Garden Press, St. Louis. 616-641.

Osborne, J.; Borosova, R.; Briggs, M. & Cable, S. (2009)

Survey for baseline information on introduced vascular plants: South Georgia

South Atlantic Invasive Species Project (SAISP), co-ordinated by the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds and funded by the European Commission through EDF-9

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