Johan Hermans

Honorary Research Associate


Accelerated Taxonomy




Taxonomy, distribution and Conservation of orchids, especially Madagascar and the Mascarene Islands.

My main research activities include bibliography, inventory, revision and identification work on the orchids of Madagascar, Comoros and the Mascarenes. I am currently working on Angraecum, Bulbophyllum, Cynorkis and Polystachya, alongside regular field work in Madagascar.

  • VMH RHS (Victoria Medal of Honour)
  • Research Fellow Botanical Garden, University of Vienna 
  • Fellow of the Linnean Society of London
  • Chair RHS Orchid Hybrid Registration Advisory Group
  • Vice Chair RHS Orchid Committee

Hermans, J. et al. (2019)

Malaxideae (Orchidaceae) in Madagascar, the Mascarenes, Seychelles and Comoro Islands.

Kew Bulletin

Hermans, J. & Cribb, P. (2014).

New species and new names in Malagasy orchids (Orchidaceae).

Kew Bulletin 69: 9517.

Cribb, P. & Hermans, J. (2009).

Field Guide to the Orchids of Madagascar.

Kew Publishing, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

Hermans, J. & C., Du Puy, D., Cribb., P. & Bosser, J. (2007).

Orchids of Madagascar 2nd edition.

Kew Publishing, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

Stewart, J, Hermans, J & Campbell B. (2004).

Angraecoid Orchids

Timber Press. Portland.