Lyn A. Craven

Dip.Hort.Sci., M.Sc.

Lyn A. Craven

Employed by CSIRO 1964–1967 and 1971–2009. Remained at the Australian National Herbarium as an Honorary Research Fellow from 2009 until his death in 2014.


Lyn's research was focused on plant systematics. Through revisionary and phylogenetic studies of natural groups, throughout as much of their range as was feasible, he aimed to establish robust classifications to provide both a basis for further investigations and a knowledge base for conservation workers and land managers.

The groups in which Lyn specialised included Myrtaceae; Malvaceae; Ericaceae; especially the genera Syzygium; Eugenia; Melaleuca; Callistemon; Gossypium; Hibiscus; Rhododendron. He also had a keen interest in the systematics of wild relatives of economic plants (eg. Glycine and Heliotropium), and in the floras of Australia, Malesia (esp. Indonesia & Papua New Guinea) and the SW Pacific.


Barrett, M.D. and Craven, L.A. (2009). Calytrix gomphrenoides (Myrtaceae), a new species from the Kimberley Region, Western Australia. Nuytsia 19(1): 1–8.

Biffin, E., Craven, L.A., Crisp, M.D., Gadek, P.A. and Harrington, M.A. (in press). Molecular phylogeny of Syzygium sens. lat. (Myrtaceae) and new insights on morphology. Proc. Sixth Fl. Mal. Symp.

Brown, G., Craven, L.A., Udovicic, F. and Ladiges, P. (in press). Historical biogeography of Vireya rhododendrons in Malesia, based on molecular phylogenetic analysis. Proc. Sixth Fl. Mal. Symp.

Craven, L.A., Goetsch, L.A., Hall, B.D. and Brown, G.K. (in press). Classification of the Vireya group of Rhododendron (Ericaceae). Blumea

Craven, L.A., Lepschi, B.J., Broadhurst, L. and Byrne, M.M. (2004). Taxonomic revision of the broombush complex in Western Australia (Myrtaceae, Melaleuca uncinata s.l.). Austral. Syst. Bot. 17: 255–271.

Craven, L.A. In review. The Australian representatives of Callistemon transferred to, or reinstated in, Melaleuca (Myrtaceae).

Biffin, E., Craven, L.A., Tuiwawa, M., Crisp, M.D. and Gadek, P.A. (2005). South Pacific Cleistocalyx transferred to Syzygium (Myrtaceae). Blumea 50(2): 383–388.

Broadhurst, L., Byrne, M., Craven, L. and Lepschi, B. (2004). Genetic congruence with new species boundaries in the Melaleuca uncinata R. Br. complex (Myrtaceae). Austral. J. Bot. 52: 729–737.

Craven, L.A. and Biffin, E. (2005). Anetholea anisata transferred to, and two new Australian taxa of, Syzygium (Myrtaceae). Blumea 50(1): 157–162.

Craven, L.A. and Pfeil, B.E. (2004). Australian representatives of Macrostelia transferred to Hibiscus (Malvaceae), with the description of a new species. Adansonia 26(2): 235–240.

Craven, L.A. (2003). Four new species of Syzygium (Myrtaceae) from Australia. Blumea 48: 479–488.

Craven, L.A., Wilson, F.D. and Fryxell, P.A. (2003). A taxonomic review of Hibiscus sect. Furcaria (Malvaceae) in Western Australia and the Northern Territory. Austral. Syst. Bot. 16: 185–218.

Pfeil, B.E., Brubaker, C.L., Craven, L.A. and Crisp, M.D. (2002). Phylogeny of Hibiscus and the tribe Hibisceae (Malvaceae) using chloroplast DNA sequences of ndhF and the rpl16 intron. Syst. Bot. 27: 333–350.

Craven, L.A. (2001). Unravelling knots or plaiting rope: What are the major taxonomic strands in Syzygium sens. lat. (Myrtaceae) and what should be done with them? pp. 75–85. In ‘Taxonomy: the cornerstone of biodiversity. Proc. Fourth Fl. Mal. Symp. (Eds Saw, L.G., Chua, L.S.L. and Khoo, K.C.) (Inst. Pen. Perhutanan Malaysia: Kuala Lumpur)

Craven, L.A. and Lepschi, B.J. (1999). Enumeration of the species and infraspecific taxa of Melaleuca (Myrtaceae) occurring in Australia and Tasmania. Austral. Syst. Bot. 12: 819–927.

Seelanan, T., Brubaker, C.L., Stewart, J.McD., Craven, L.A. and Wendel, J.F. (1999). Molecular systematics of Australian Gossypium section Grandicalyx (Malvaceae). Syst. Bot. 24: 183–208.

Craven, L.A. (1996). A taxonomic revision of Heliotropium (Boraginaceae) in Australia. Austral. Syst. Bot. 9: 521–657.

Fryxell, P.A., Craven, L.A. and Stewart, J.McD. (1992). A revision of Gossypium sect. Grandicalyx (Malvaceae), including the description of six new species. Syst. Bot. 17: 91–114.

Craven, L.A. (1989). Reinstatement and revision of Asteromyrtus (Myrtaceae). Austral. Syst. Bot. 1: 373–385.

Craven, L.A. (1987). A taxonomic revision of Calytrix Labill. (Myrtaceae). Brunonia 10: 1–138.

Hartley, T.G. and Craven, L.A. (1977). A revision of the Papuasian species of Acmena (Myrtaceae). J. Arnold Arbor. 58: 325–342.


Revision of Papuasian Syzygium;
Revision of Melaleuca;
Revision of Australasian Hibiscus.

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