Peter Wilkie: Tropical Forest Botanist

Peter Wilkie

E-Mail: Peter Wilkie

Phone: +44 (0)131 248 2892

Fax: +44 (0)131 248 2901

RBGE Indonesia:

Sapotaceae Resource Centre:

Research Interests

My main research activities are focused on tropical trees of South East Asia. I am particularly interested in the families Sapotaceae and Malvaceae s.l.

My personal research aims are to:

  • Produce base-line taxonomic data of tree diversity of Malesia
  • Analyse distributional data for IUCN threat assessments of SE Asian tree species
  • Elucidate evolutionary/phylogenetic relationships of tropical trees to support taxonomy and comparative biology
  • Use biogeographic data to understand distribution patterns within Malesia

Current Research Projects and Activities

  • Production of an account of Sapotaceae for the Flora of Peninsular Malaysia  
  • Publication of a molecular phylogeny of the tribe Isonandreae
  • Publication of a molecular phylogeny of Payena
  • Production of a Monograph of Palaquium
  • Maintain and develop the on-line Sapotaceae Resource Centre
  • Production of IUCN Red List Assessments for Sapotaceae
  • Supervision of MSc and PhD Students


  • Editor-in-Chief 10th Flora Malesiana Symposium Proceedings
  • Member of the IUCN/ Species Survival Commission Global Tree Specialist Group
  • Member of the Department of Environment’s (DEFRA) Nagoya Protocol stakeholders group
  • CBD Policy Coordination for RBGE
  • Honorary Fellow University of Edinburgh
  • Secretary of the UK Systematics Association (2008-2016)
  • Chairman of the Edinburgh Centre for Tropical Forests (2001-2002; 2007-2009).

Selected Publications

(please e-mail me for reprints)

Kümpers, B.M.C., Richardson, J.E., Anderberg, A.A., Wilkie, P., Ronse De Craene, L.P. (2016). The significance of meristic changes in the flowers of Sapotaceae Juss. Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society.

Wilkie, P. & Argent, G.C.G. (2016) A new species of Diplycosia (Ericaceae) from Southern Kalimantan, Indonesia. Edinburgh Journal of Botany

Richardson, J.E., Bakar, A., Tosh, J. Armstrong, K., Smedmark, J., Andernerg, A.A., Slik, F., Wilkie, P. (2014). The influence of tectonics, sea-level changes and dispersal on migration and diversification of Isonandreae (Sapotaceae). Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society.174(1) 130-140.

Wilkie, P. (2013) A New Species of Pterospermum Schreb. (Dombeyoideae, Malvaceae/Sterculiaceae) from Southern Thailand. Thai Forest Bulletin. 41, 10-12.

Wilkie, P., Dalberg Poulsen, A., Harris, D., Forrest, L.L. (2013) The collection and storage of plant material for DNA extraction: The Teabag Method. Gardens’ Bulletin Singapore 65 (2) 231-234.

Wilkie, P. (2011) Towards an account of Sapotaceae for Flora Malesiana. Gardens’ Bulletin Singapore 63(1&2): 145-153 

Wilkie, P & Berhaman, A. (2011) Sterculiaceae. In: E. Soepadmo, L.G. Saw, Chung R.C.K. and Kiew, R. (eds.) Tree Flora of Sabah and Sarawak Vol 7. 108 pages.  Ampang Press Sdn. Bhd., Kuala Lumpur.

A. Sumadijaya, P. Wilkie, M. Hughes and S. Rasnovi (Submitted) A brief vegetation survey of Gunung Kemiri, Gunung Leuser National Park, Nangroe Aceh Darussalam. Flora Malesiana Bulletin.

J. W. Ferry Slik, Niels Raes, Shin-Ichiro Aiba, Francis Q. Brearley, Charles H. Cannon, Erik Meijaard, Hidetoshi Nagamasu, Reuben Nilus, Gary Paoli, Axel D. Poulsen, Douglas Sheil, Eizi Suzuki, Johan L. C. H. van Valkenburg, Campbell O. Webb, Peter Wilkie, Stephan Wulffraat. (2009). Environmental correlates for Borneo’s tropical tree species diversity and compositional patterns. Diversity and Distributions 15: 523-532

Wilkie, P. A Revision of Scaphium (Sterculioideae, Malvaceae/Sterculiaceae) (2009). Edinburgh Journal of Botany 66, 2 283-328.

Phongsak, P. & Wilkie, P. (2008) Scaphium affine (Mast.) Pierre (Sterculiaceae) new for Thailand. Thai Forest Bulletin (Bot.) 36 61-69.

Wilkie, P. (2008) A new species of Scaphium (Sterculioideae, Malvaceae/Sterculiaceae) from Borneo. Edinburgh Journal of Botany 65(3) 1-7.

Argent, G., Wilkie, P., Madulid, D. (2007) Lobelia proctorii sp. nov. (Lobelioideae, Campanulaceae / Lobeliaceae) from the Philippines. Plant Ecology 192 (2) 157-160.

Wilkie, P. (2007) A new species of Pterospermum schreb. (Dombeyoideae, Malvaceae/Sterculiaceae) from Cambodia and Vietnam. Edinburgh Journal of Botany 64(2)179-183.

Wilkie, P., Clark, A., Pennington, R.T., Cheek, P., Bayer, C., & Wilcock, C.C. (2006) Phylogenetic Relationships within the Subfamily Sterculioideae (Malvaceae/Sterculiaceae-Sterculieae). Using the Chloroplast Gene ndhF. Systematic Botany 31:160-170.

Wortley, A.H. & Wilkie, P. (2005) Thematic Review of Darwin Initiative’s Contribution to the Global Taxonomy Initiative. DEFRA (UK Government) Report.

Wilkie, P. , Argent, G.,  Campbell, E.,  Saridan, A. (2004) The Diversity of 15 hectares of lowland mixed dipterocarp forest, Central Kalimantan. Biodiversity and Conservation 13, 695-708.

Slik JWF, Poulsen AD, Ashton PS, Cannon CH, Eichhorn KAO, Kartawinata K, Lanniari I, Nagamasu H, Nakagawa M, van Nieuwstadt MGL, Payne J, Purwaningsih, Saridan A, Sidiyasa K, Verburg RW, Webb CO, Wilkie P. (2003) A floristic analysis of the lowland dipterocarp forests of Borneo. Journal Of Biogeography 30 (10): 1517-1531.

Wilkie, P., Sands, M.J.S., Mendum. (1999) Begonia chloroneura (Begoniaceae): a new species from the Philippine island of Luzon. The New Plantsman Vol. 6. Part 3.

Wilkie, P. & Saridan, A. (1999) The limitations of vernacular names in an inventory study, Central Kalimantan, Indonesia. Biodiversity and Conservation. Vol. 8, No. 11: 1457-1467.

Argent, G., Saridan, A., Campbell, E.J.F., Wilkie, P. (1997) Manual of the larger and more important non dipterocarp trees of Central Kalimantan. Two vol. Forest Research Institute, Samarinda, Indonesia

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