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About Lyn Craven

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Lyn is a Research Botanist in the Australian National Herbarium. His major research efforts are focussed upon the systematics of Melaleuca and Syzygium, and their respective allies. Other research groups include Hibiscus and Australian Gossypium.

Accessory interests and activities include: development and oversight of the Herbarium library, botanical Latin, botanical nomenclature, and agri-horticultural botany and its nomenclature. And very high up on his list of priorities is plant exploration and collecting.

Research interests

Myrtaceae, mainly the non-eucalyptoid genera, especially Melaleuca (incl. Callistemon); Syzygium; Calytrix; and their allies such as Conothamnus, Phymatocarpus, Regelia; Acmena, Acmenosperma, Piliocalyx, Waterhousea; Homalocalyx, Homoranthus, Darwinia; plus the following genera: Asteromyrtus, Angasomyrtus, Eucalyptopsis, Lindsayomyrtus, Lophomyrtus.

Malvaceae, mainly Hibiscus and Australian Gossypium.

Ericaceae, mainly Rhododendron sect. Vireya.

Fabaceae, Glycine.

Boraginaceae, Heliotropium.

The general flora of northern Australia, Malesia (especially Indonesia and Papua New Guinea), and the SW Pacific, and matters pertaining to general plant systematics.

Concise employment and educational history

Commenced with the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) in 1964 in the plant taxonomy unit of the New Guinea Survey Group, Division of Land Research and Regional Survey. This unit formed part of the Herbarium Australiense (now Australian National Herbarium, and now attached to CSIRO Plant Industry). Duties included botanical support for land resources surveys in New Guinea.

Left CSIRO in 1967 to study horticulture at Burnley Horticultural College, Victoria, between 1968 and 1970.

Re-employed by CSIRO in the Australian National Herbarium from 1971. Duties principally have been systematic research, floristic survey, germplasm exploration, and herbarium curation and library supervision.

Diploma of Horticultural Science, Burnley Horticultural College, Melbourne, Australia (1970).

Degree of Master of Science, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia (1984).

Society membership

Professional societies:

American Society of Plant Taxonomists

Australian Systematic Botany Society

International Association for Plant Taxonomy

Museums Australia

Non-professional societies:

American Rhododendron Society

Australian Lilium Society

Australian Rhododendron Society

Horticultural Society of Canberra

Society for Growing Australian Plants

Sources of inspiration

Plant collectors of the calibre of L.J. Brass and R.D. Hoogland. Productive systematists such as H.O. Sleumer, R. Schlechter, B. Verdcourt, etc.

Contact details:

Lyn Craven

Australian National Herbarium
Centre for Plant Biodiversity Research
GPO Box 1600
Canberra ACT 2601

Phone: (02) 6246 5122
Fax: (02) 6246 5249

Updated Friday, 13 February, 2004

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