D.J.N. Hind collecting a Munnozia species
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Compositae research programme at Kew

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Project details

Project Department: 
Project Leader: 
Funded By: 
RBG, Kew; Bentham-Moxon Trust (funding fieldwork and study visits to Bolivia, TIPAs work); David & Claudia Harding (Alpine Compositae Research Project)

Objectives and outputs

Currently there is one Research Leader in the Identification & Naming Department at Kew, Dr Nicholas Hind, that has research experience (of more than 30 years) in the Compositae. His knowledge and expertise is being used to complete or assist in a number of projects. He is helping complete the account of the family for the last remaining African Flora – Flora ZambesiacaDr Hind, along with a former member of staff, Dr Henk Beentje, are writing up the remaining 450, and Dr Hind is also mentoring a Curator, Jo Osborne, to enable her to complete the account of one of the smaller genera in the Flora.

Whilst Dr Hind’s main area of interest is in South America, he is also completing and subediting two other significant Flora accounts of the family, the Flora of Thailand and Flora of Iraq. Dr Hind’s work in South America is forming the backbone of what is hoped to be the core of two significant Floras, that of Bolivia and Brazil – the family is the second and third largest respectively in these floras, whilst debatably being the world’s largest family of flowering plants. Expertise in the family is also being used to help in naming Millennium Seed Bank acquisitions in the family, and collections made as part of other diverse projects (for example from Angola, Cameroon, Bolivia, Brazil, etc.). The same knowledge of the family will also provide taxonomic input towards the David & Claudia Harding funded Alpine Compositae Research Project (DCHACRP) at Kew.

Dr Hind’s expertise is also being utilized in establishing one part of the TIPAs (Tropical Important Plant Areas) Bolivia Programme in the inselbergs of the Departamento de Santa Cruz, Bolivia, as well as an oversight of the family in other prospective TIPAs in the country. Fieldwork and study visits in Bolivia are being undertaken to provide material and greater understanding of the family for both the Checklist and the TIPAs projects.

Teaching of Kew’s Horticultural Diploma Students Systematic Course practical on the Compositae, the NERC Taxonomy & Identification Course Compositae practical, and regular ‘tribal sorts’ for each of the regional teams staff in the Identification & Naming Department of the Science Directorate, attempts to pass on this experience and knowledge of the family.


To continue research on this large and diverse family, aiming to:

  • complete the remaining African Flora, Flora Zambesiaca, within the two year deadline.
  • produce an electronic version of the Annotated Systematic Checklist of the Compositae of Bolivia in 2016, and pave the way for a Flora account for the family.
  • produce an Annotated Systematic Checklist of the Compositae of Brazil, to be completed within the next couple of years.
  • complete the assigned genera of the Flora Estadual de São Paulo.
  • to see to print the Flora of Thailand – Compositae volume within 2016.
  • to complete the final editing of the Flora of Iraq – Compositae volume.
  • to continue providing articles for plants of horticultural merit for Curtis’s Botanical Magazine.
  • to support projects undertaken at Kew, that require accurate naming of specimens belonging to the family.
  • to support various courses held at Kew, that cover the family.


  • Several of the objectives will have hardcopy products in the form of published Floras, others will have electronic publications in their stead.

Partners and collaborators

Dr Mark Newman (Editor-in-Chief – Flora of Thailand)


KOYAMA, H., SUKHONTHIP BUNWONG (Vernonieae), Pimwadee Pornpongrungrueng (Inuleae: Blumea) & D.J. Nicholas Hind. [in press – 2016] Flora of Thailand. Compositae (Asteraceae). c. 280 pp. [240 spp.]

HIND, D. J. N. (e-pub 26 April 2016). The typification of Verbesina nodiflora L. – the generitype of Synedrella Gaertn. (Compositae: Heliantheae: Ecliptinae). Kew Bulletin 71(2)-9632: 1–5. .

HIND, D. J. N. (e-pub 29 August 2014). A synopsis of the African genus Lipotriche (Compositae: Heliantheae: Ecliptinae). Kew Bulletin 69(3): 1–13. .

ZAPPI, D. C., MILLIKEN, W., HIND, D. J. N., BIGGS, N., RANDO, J. G., MALCOLM, P. & R. de MELLO-SILVA (2014). Plantas do Setor Noroeste da Serra do Cipó, Minas Gerais: guia ilustrado. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. pp. 312.

FRISBY, S. & HIND, D. J. N. (2013). Ichthyothere woodii (Compositae: Heliantheae: Milleriinae), a new species from the cerrados of eastern Santa Cruz, Bolivia. Kew Bulletin 68(3): 1–9. .

HIND, [D. J.] N. (March 2012). Plate 729. Erigeron karvinskianus (Compositae). Curtis’s Botanical Magazine 29(1): 52–65.

HIND, D. J. N. (2011). An Annotated Preliminary Checklist of the Compositae of Bolivia. Version 2. Also see PDF of the checklist (c. 750 pp).