Colin Pendry

Floristic Researcher and Editor, Flora of Nepal

PhD, University of Stirling, 1994 ‘Ecological studies on rain forests at three altitudes on Bukit Belalong, Brunei'.

 Current research focus:

  • Writing and editing family accounts for the Flora of Nepal, with a particular interest in the Polygalaceae, Labiateae and Lauraceae;
  • Coordinating authors' contributions to the Flora of Nepal;
  • Developing floristic output for the internet;
  • Carrying out fieldwork in under-collected regions of Nepal. I have been on 8 expeditions between 2004 and 2014;
  • Capacity building and training of Nepalese botanists, initially through the Darwin Project Building Capacity for Plant Biodiversity, Inventory and Conservation in Nepal and latterly by raising funds for individual projects.

 Selected Publications:

Watson, M.F., Lyal, H.C. & Pendry, C.A. (eds.) (2015) Descriptive Taxonomy: The Foundation of Biodiversity Research. Cambridge University Press.

B. Adhikari, R. Milne, R. T. Pennington, T. Särkinen & C.A. Pendry (2015) Systematics and biogeography of Berberis s.l. inferred from nuclear ITS and chloroplast ndhF gene sequences. Taxon 64 (1): 39–48

Pendry, C.A. (2014) Polygalaceae. Flora of Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam. 34.

Pendry, C.A. & Watson, M.F. (2014) Report on the 5th International Editorial Meeting of the Flora of Nepal. Newsletter of Himalayan Botany, 48: 18-23.

Saslis-Lagoudakis, C.H., Hawkins, J.A., Greenhill, S.J., Pendry, C. A., Watson, M. F., Tuladhar-Douglas, W., Baral, S.R. &  Savolainen, V. (2014) The evolution of traditional knowledge: environment shapes medicinal plant use in Nepal. Proc. R. Soc. B 2014 281, 20132768

Pendry, C.A. & Adema, F. (2013) Polygala obliqua Pendry, a new species of Polygalaceae from northern Thailand. Thai Forest Bulletin (Botany), 41: 41-44.

Pendry, C.A. & Watson, M. F. (2012) Flora of Nepal Fourth Editorial Meeting. Newsletter of Himalayan Botany 46: 16-23.

Adhikari, B., Pendry, C.A., Pennington, R.T. & Milne, R.I. (2012) A Revision of Berberis s.s. (Berberidaceae) in Nepal. Edinburgh Journal of Botany 69: 447-522.

Saslis-Lagoudakisa, C.H., Savolainen, V., Williamson, E.M., Forest, F., Wagstaff, S.J., Baral, S.R., Watson, M.F., Pendry, C.A., Hawkins, J. (2012) Phylogenies reveal predictive power of traditional medicine in bioprospecting. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 109(39): 15835-15840.

Watson, M. F., Akiyama, S., Ikeda, H., Pendry, C.A., Rajbhandari, K.R.& Shrestha, KK. (eds). (2011) Flora of Nepal. Volume 3. Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh. Includes sole or joint authorship of Lauraceae, Schisandraceae, Tetracentraceae, Rosaceae, Papaveraceae, Magnoliaceae, Saxifragaceae, Hydrangeaceae.

Pendry, C.A. Watson, M. F. & Blackmore, S. (2011) Flora of Nepal Third Editorial Meeting. Newsletter of Himalayan Botany 44: 4-8.

Pendry, C.A. (2010) Epirixanthes compressa Pendry, a new species of Polygalaceae from Thailand. Thai Forest Bulletin 38: 184–186.

Pendry, C.A. (2010) A new species of Neillia (Rosaceae) from Bhutan and eastern Nepal. Phytotaxa 10: 38–40.

Pendry, C.A., Parnell, J.A.N. & Welzen, P.C. (2009) Biogeographic links between Thailand and Nepal and the potential for collaboration between their Flora projects. Thai Forest Bulletin (Botany) Special Issue: 169-185.

Pendry, C.A., & Watson, M.F. (2009) Flora Malesiana and the Flora of Nepal: floristic links and the potential for collaboration. Blumea 54(1-3) 18-22.

Pendry, C.A., Watson, M.F., Shrestha, KK., Rajbhandari, K.R. (2009) Building capacity for plant biodiversity, inventory and conservation in Nepal: Activities of the recent Darwin Initiative Project in Nepal. Newsletter of Himalayan Botany 42: 16-27.

Pendry, C.A., Dick, J., Pullan, M.R., Miller, A.G., Neale, S.G., Knees, S., Watson, M.F. (2007) In search of a functional flora - towards a greater integration of ecology and taxonomy. Plant Ecology 192: 161-167.

Pendry, C.A. (2004) Monograph of Ruprechtia (Polygonaceae). Systematic Botany Monographs 67, 1-113.

Pendry, C.A. (2003) Nine new species of Ruprechtia (Polygonaceae). Edinburgh Journal of Botany 60(1) 19-42.

Pendry, C.A. (2001) Polygalaceae. Flora of Thailand, 7(3), 498-538.

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