Xander van der Burgt

Curator and Field Officer

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I study the flora of higher-rainfall areas in West and Central Africa. I have worked at the Kew Herbarium since 2006. Over the past 25 years, I have accomplished about 50 expeditions, to Cameroon, Guinea, Sierra Leone, and other African countries. I lead botanical expeditions to remote areas, national parks, and areas where development is proposed. I train local botanists and seed collectors on how to find rare plant species, collect herbarium samples, and how to make seed collections. I am especially interested in tree species; having newly described 14 tree species which I discovered and collected myself in the rain forests of Africa.

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  • MSc in Forest Conservation, Wageningen University, Netherlands, 1994
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Burgt, X.M van der (2016)

Didelotia korupensis and Tessmannia korupensis (Fabaceae – Caesalpinioi­deae), two new tree species from Korup National Park in Cameroon. 

Blumea 61: 51 – 58. Available online 

Burgt, X.M van der, Mackinder, B.A., Wieringa, J.J. & Estrella, M. de la (2015)

The Gilbertiodendron ogoouense species complex (Leguminosae – Caesalpinioideae), Central Africa

Kew Bulletin 70: 29; 42 pp

Burgt, X.M. van der, Poundje, M. & Sene, O. (2014)

Cryptosepalum korupense sp. nov. (Leguminosae – Caesalpinioideae), a tree species from the Southwest Region in Cameroon

Adansonia sér. 3, 36 (1): 73 – 81. Available online 

Burgt, X.M. van der, Haba, P.K., Haba, P.M. & Goman, A.S. (2012) 

Eriosema triformum(Leguminosae: Papilionoideae) a new unifoliolate species from Guinea, West Africa

Kew Bulletin 67 (2): 263 – 271. Available online

Burgt, X.M. van der, Eyakwe, M. & Motoh, J. (2012)

Gilbertiodendron newberyi(Leguminosae: Caesalpinioideae), a new tree species from Korup National Park, Cameroon

Kew Bulletin 67 (1): 51 – 57. Available online

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