Timothy M. A. Utteridge

Head of Identification and Naming and Senior Research Leader (Asia)


Job title: 
Head of Identification and Naming and Senior Research Leader (Asia)
Identification and Naming
Foreign languages: 
Conversational Indonesian


I head the Identification and Naming Department, which comprises four Teams (Africa & Madagascar, Americas, Asia and Mycology). Each undertakes fundamental taxonomic research and inventories, whilst maintaining and enhancing the collections. As Head of Identification and Naming, I contribute to all aspects of the Department’s science direction and am a member of Kew’s Senior Science Group.

I am the leader of the Asia Team in the Identification and Naming Department, which undertakes taxonomic and floristic research throughout the region, with a focus on SE Asia. In addition to research outputs, the team curates, maintains and enhances a significant portion of the Herbarium including naming several thousand incoming specimens each year.

My own research is focused on the floristics of New Guinea, the taxonomy and systematics of tropical Primulaceae, and conveying taxonomy and plant identification to a broad audience of stakeholders both inside and outside botany.


Qualifications and appointments: 
  • BSc (Hons), Applied Biology, Univ. Greenwich 1993
  • MSc, Plant and Fungal Taxonomy, Univ. Reading 1994
  • PhD, Univ. Hong Kong, 1998


Selected publications: 

Utteridge, T.M.A., Bramley, G.L.C. (2014). The Kew Tropical Plant Families Identification Handbook, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.  Buy online

Julius, A., Utteridge, T.M.A. (2012). Revision of Ardisia subgenus Bladhia in Peninsular Malaysia; studies in Malaysian Myrsinaceae I. Kew Bulletin 67: 379–388. Available online

Utteridge, T.M.A., (2012), Four new species of Maesa Forssk. (Primulaceae) from Malesia, Kew Bulletin 67: 367–378. Available online

Utteridge, T.M.A. (2011), A revision of the genus Medusanthera(Stemonuraceae, Icacinaceae s.l.), Kew Bulletin 66: 49–81. Available online

Johns, R.J., Edwards, P.J., Utteridge, T.M.A., Hopkins, H.F., (2006). A Guide to the Alpine and Subalpine Flora of Mount Jaya. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Buy online