Other Contributors

Dr. Nura Abdul Karim

Institution

Singapore Botanic Gardens

Area of taxonomic interest

General

Personal interests / role in project

I am interested in the database of all the monocots as I am very involved in outreach programme and plant identification for the collection in Singapore Botanic Gardens.

What's your favourite monocot and why?

Orchidaceae is my favourite monocot because this is the family that I had done my mycorrhizal research on and I have found how fascinating the inter-relationship between the plant and the fungi to the survival of the plant.


Dr Bob Allkin

Institution
Kew
Area of taxonomic interest
Use of taxonomic information

Personal interests / role in project

Use of plant name services.

What's your favourite monocot and why?

Agave tequilana - glug


Doctor Fernando Alzate

Institution
University of Antioquia

Area of taxonomic interest

Liliales systematics and evolution

What's your favourite monocot and why?

Bomarea: because is my group of interest and because they are the most beautiful plants in the world


H S Bedekar Hemant Bedekar Bedekar

Institution

self ( retired consultant)

Area of taxonomic interest

Bamboos of western ghats

Personal interests / role in project

Bamboo study. the non flowering and flowering sps of Pseudoxytnenthera being used by masses.But additional industrial uses are to be culcated on the minds of rural folks.

What's your favourite monocot and why?

Bamboo. Maharashtra ( INDIA) contributed 5% of bamboos in India.It is available every where in the state. its occurrence in forests is significant.But in western ghat of the State mainly it is grown as homestead.It is one of the best species with potential of upliftment of rural masses.


Mr IAn Chalmers

Area of taxonomic interest
Orchids

Personal interests / role in project

Research into Orchids

What's your favourite monocot and why?

Orchids
I am the Registrar for Judges for NSW Australia and on the RHS Orchid Hubrid Registration Committee.
 


student Cynthia Corporal

Institution
biology

What's your favourite monocot and why?

corn
 


Ms Kerry Alison Ford

Institution
Allan Herbarium, Landcare Research
Area of taxonomic interest
Cyperaceae, Poaceae

What's your favourite monocot and why?

Carex dissita, a common forest sedge. Tall elegant and forming swards in forest gaps.
 


Dr Lauren Maria Gardiner

Institution
RBG Kew
Area of taxonomic interest
Palmae; Arecaceae; Orchidaceae; Systematics; Taxonomy; Conservation; Economic uses; Sustainable use

What's your favourite monocot and why?

Coelogyne cristata - a beautiful white orchid which I found growing in enormous numbers in a mist-strewn cardamom field, at a steep angle overhanging a winding road through the foothills of the Himalayas in Sikkim. We'd hoped to see it at this site, having seen a few plants of the species in other locations, but nothing prepared us for how many enormous plants we'd find, in full flower, covering the trunks of the shade trees. I climbed and scrambled up the steep slope first out of our group, and others followed much more slowly - but could hear my exclamations as I found the first plant - the largest clump of flowering orchids I'd ever seen in the wild, and then as the mist parted I saw that the next tree had an even bigger clump, and the next tree, and the next. Truly breathtaking.


MR AKEEM OLAMIDE HASSAN

Institution
HASMAN INVESTMENT LIMITED
Area of taxonomic interest
IMPORT AND EXPORT
What's your favourite monocot and why?
IMPORTING
 


Mr Gregory John Keighery

http://www.dec.wa.gov.au/content/section/41/1808/

Institution
Science Division, Department of Environment and Conservation
Area of taxonomic interest
Western Australian Monocotyledons, except Grasses and Orchids

Personal interests / role in project

Undertaking revisionary/ biological studies on Western Australian Monocotyledons, revealing numerous new taxa and generic issues.WA is an isolated state and few other Australian taxonomists are interested in the groups since the flora of australia treatment in 1986!

What's your favourite monocot and why?

Baxteria australis, because it is such an odd plant, that one would not have considered inventing if it was not real.
 


Mrs Ronell R. Klopper

www.sanbi.org

Institution
SANBI

Area of taxonomic interest

Aloe, Asphodelaceae

Personal interests / role in project

Aloes of the World Project Co-ordinator

What's your favourite monocot and why?

The genus Aloe. It is a flagship African genus. Southern Africa, where I am based, is one of the hotspots for aloe diversity.
 


Dr Koshy, K.C. Konnath

http://www.koshykc.blogspot.com

Institution

Tropical Botanic Garden and Research Institute
Area of taxonomic interest
Bamboos:Taxonomy,Conservation

Personal interests / role in project

Interested in the taxonomy of the Western Ghat (India) bamboos. There are c.22 bamboo species in the region. The identification of c.50% is a difficult task. The flowering cycles, reproductive biology etc are poorly known.
Monocot Photo:Pseudoxytenanthera bourdillonii (Gamble) H. B. Naithani, a species from the Western Ghats,India

What's your favourite monocot and why?

Bamboos are my favourite monocots. They are beautiful and add charm to any landscape. Its potential in rural economy of India is great. Its flowering and reproduction are fascinating. Working with bamboos since 1987 and could develop a Bambusetum at Tropical Botanic Garden and Research Institute (TBGRI).




Dr Mark Newman

http://elmer.rbge.org.uk/zrc/

Institution
Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh
Area of taxonomic interest
Zingiberaceae

Personal interests / role in project

Verifying taxonomic data on Zingiberaceae and making them available publicly.

What's your favourite monocot and why?

Ginger, Zingiber officinale. It's delicious and good for you whilst introducing you to a fascinating family of beautiful tropical plants.
 


Mr Alexandre Theys

Institution
RBG Kew

What's your favourite monocot and why?

Calamus aruensis, that's the only one I can remember (also a good test taxon on PalmWeb).


Mr Red Whittaker

Institution
FREE WORLD ORG.
Area of taxonomic interest
Palma

What's your favourite monocot and why?

Phytelephas / save elephant live

 


Mr Alejandro Zuluaga

Institution
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Area of taxonomic interest
Systematics Araceae

Personal interests / role in project

Systematics and evolution of Araceae, particularly the Neotropical genus Monstera.

What's your favourite monocot and why?

The aroids or Araceae are an incredibly variable group of flowering plants that grow in very humid areas and comprise terrestrial, aquatic and epiphytic plants. They range in size from as small as 2 millimeters in the duckweeds, to as large as several meters, as is the case in Titan arum (Amorphophallus titanum). The genus Monstera is an hemiepiphyte with and incredible transformation from the seedling to the adult plant (heteroblastic development)

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