Dr Xander van der Burgt

Curator and Field Officer


Accelerated Taxonomy



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.

  • MSc in Forest Conservation, Wageningen University, Netherlands, 1994
  • PhD by Published Work, Oxford Brookes University, UK, 2018

Burgt X. M. van der, Konomou G., Haba P. M. & Magassouba S. (2019).

Gladiolus mariae (Iridaceae), a new species from fire-free shrubland in the Kounounkan Massif, Guinea.

Willdenowia 49: 117 – 126.

Burgt, X.M. van der, Molmou, D., Diallo, A., Konomou, G., Haba, P.M., Magassouba, S. (2018).

Talbotiella cheekii (Leguminosae: Detarioideae), a new tree species from Guinea.

Kew Bulletin 73: 26.

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.


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