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.
  • World Flora Online: member of the Taxonomic Sub-committee.

 Selected Publications:

Miehe, G., Pendry, C.A. & Chaudhary, R. (2015) Nepal: an introduction to the natural history, ecologyand human environment in the Himalayas. Edinburgh: Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh.

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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