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Tropical Phanerogams - Flora Malesiana

Flora Malesiana aims at a critical, semi-monographic treatise of the circa 41,500 species of flowering plants and ferns from Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Papua New Guinea, Singapore and Brunei Darussalam. This international flora project with circa 130 voluntary collaborators all over the world, is coordinated from Leiden, and members of the Tropical Phanerogam research group are authors for many of the family treatments. Currently the families Asclepiadaceae, Araceae, Cucurbitaceae, Euphorbiaceae, Myristicaceae, Orchidaceae, Leguminosae - Papilionoideae, Poaceae, and Winteraceae are under revision. Plant biogeography and phylogenetic analysis of Malesian plants are also focal points in the research of this group.

The research group participates in a number of strategic and applied programmes: the interdisciplinary Irian Jaya priority programme of NWO (ISIR), PROSEA, the Tropenbos - Kalimantan programme, the NWO Priority Programme on Biodiversity of Disturbed Ecosystems, and the BIF programme on Biodiversity Protection and Preservation. It coordinates an extensive Human Capital and Mobility network of the European Union to study the plant diversity of the Indo-Pacific region.

Flora Malesiana is also a major source of information for more local floristic projects, such as the interactive key to the tree and shrub genera of Borneo.

Contact between participants in the Flora Malesiana project is promoted by the biannual newsletter Flora Malesiana Bulletin.

Permanent scientific staff

Long-term guests and PhD-students