Botanic Gardens Trust, Sydney, Australia

Peter Wilson 


Principal Research Scientist

Science and Conservation

Plant Diversity


peter.wilson [at]


+61 2 9231 8158


+61 2 9251 7231

Research interests

Systematics of Myrtaceae and Indigofera (Fabaceae)


Systematics, Phylogeny, Morphology

Current research projects

  • Defining generic limits within the Chamelaucieae (Myrtaceae) (with Margaret Heslewood)
  • Phylogeny of the Darwinia, Verticordia and their allies (Myrtaceae) (with Dr Matthew Barrett, Kings Park & Botanic Garden)
  • Investigating the generic position of species of Leptospermum (Myrtaceae) with non persistent-fruits (with Margaret Heslewood)
  • Phylogeny of the tribe Xanthostemoneae (Myrtaceae) (with Adrien Wulff, Institut Agronomique néo-Calédonien and University of New Caledonia, and Margaret Heslewood)
  • Revision of the tribe Indigofereae (Fabaceae) in Australia (with Ross Rowe, Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities)
  • Phylogeny of Haloragis exalata (Haloragaceae) and its allies (with Margaret Heslewood)

Key publications

  • Wilson, P.G. and J.T. Waterhouse (1982) A review of the genus Tristania R.Br. (Myrtaceae): a heterogeneous assemblage of five genera. Australian Journal of Botany 30, 413-446.
  • Wilson, P.G. and B.P.M. Hyland (1988) New taxa of rainforest Myrtaceae from northern Queensland. Telopea 3, 257-271.
  • Wilson, P.G. (1990) A revision of the genus Xanthostemon (Myrtaceae) in Australia.Telopea 3, 451-476.
  • Wilson, P.G. (1997). Myrtaceae in the Pacific, with special reference to Metrosideros. Pp. 233-245 in Keast, A. and Miller, S.E. (eds), The origin and evolution of Pacific Island biotas, New Guinea to eastern Polynesia: Patterns and processes. (SPB Academic Publishing: Amsterdam).
  • Conti, E., S.A. Graham, A. Litt, P.G. Wilson, B.G. Briggs, L.A.S. Johnson and K.J. Sytsma (1998). Interfamilial relationships in Myrtales: molecular phylogeny and patterns of morphological evolution. Systematic Botany 22, 629-647
  • Wilson, P.G., M.M. O'Brien and C.J. Quinn (2000) Anetholea (Myrtaceae), a new genus for Backhousia anisata: a cryptic member of the Acmena alliance. Australian Systematic Botany 13, 429-435.
  • O’Brien, M. M., P.G. Wilson and C.J. Quinn (2000) Molecular systematics of the Leptospermum suballiance (Myrtaceae). Australian Journal of Botany 48(5), 621-628.
  • Wilson, P. G., M.M. O'Brien and C.J. Quinn (2001) Myrtaceae revisited: a reassessment of infrafamilial groups American Journal of Botany 88, 2013-2025.
  • Carr, D.J., S.G.M. Carr, B.P.M. Hyland, P.G. Wilson and P.Y. Ladiges (2002) Stockwellia quadrifida (Myrtaceae), a new Australian genus and species in the eucalypt group. Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society 139, 415-421.
  • Lam, N., P.G. Wilson, M.M. Heslewood and C.J. Quinn (2002) A phylogenetic analysis of the Chamelaucium alliance (Myrtaceae). Australian Systematic Botany 15, 535-543.
  • Wilson, P.G. & R. Rowe (2004) A revision of the Indigofereae (Fabaceae) in Australia. 1. Indigastrum and the simple or unifoliolate species of Indigofera. Telopea 10, 651-682.
  • Sytsma, K.J., A. Litt, M.L. Zjhra, J.C. Pires, M. Nepokroeff, E. Conti, J. Walker & P.G. Wilson (2004) Clades, clocks, and continents: historical and biogeographical analysis of Myrtaceae, Vochysiaceae, and relatives in the southern hemisphere. International Journal of Plant Sciences 165 [Supplement], S85-105.
  • Wilson, P.G., M.M. O’Brien, M.M. Heslewood, & C.J. Quinn (2005) Relationships within Myrtaceae sensu lato based on a matK phylogeny. Plant Systematics & Evolution 251, 3-19.
  • Lucas, E.J., S.R. Belsham, E.M. Nic Lughadha, D.A. Orlovich, C.M. Sakuragui, M.W. Chase, & P.G. Wilson (2005) Phylogenetic patterns in the fleshy-fruited Myrtaceae - preliminary molecular evidence. Plant Systematics & Evolution 251, 35-51.
  • Wilson, P.G. & M.L. Moody (2006) Haloragodendron gibsonii (Haloragaceae), a new species from the Blue Mountains, New South Wales. Telopea 11, 141-146.
  • Basinger, J.F., D.R. Greenwood, P.G. Wilson and D.C. Christophel (2007) Fossil flowers and fruits of capsular Myrtaceae from the Eocene of South Australia. Canadian Journal of Botany 85, 204-215.
  • Wilson, P.G., M.M. Heslewood and C.J. Quinn (2007) Re-evaluation of the genus Babingtonia (Myrtaceae) in Eastern Australia and New Caledonia. Australian Systematic Botany 20, 302-318.
  • Wilson, P.G. and R. Rowe (2008) A revision of the Indigofereae (Fabaceae) in Australia. 2. Indigofera species with trifoliolate and alternately pinnate leaves. Telopea 12, 293-307.
  • Wilson, P.G. (2009) Conspectus of the genus Eugenia in the Philippines. Gardens Bulletin, Singapore 60, 399-410.
  • Wilson, P.G. and R. Rowe (2010) New taxa and typifications in Indigofera (Fabaceae) for South Australia. Journal of the Adelaide Botanic Gardens 24, 67-73.
  • Wilson, P.G. (2011) Myrtaceae. Pp. 212-271 in Kubitzki, K. (ed.) Families and Genera of Vascular Plants vol. 10 (Springer-Verlag: Berlin).
  • Snow, N., J. McFadden, A. Salywon, T.M. Evans, M.F. Wojciechowski, P.G. Wilson (2011) Morphological and molecular evidence of polyphyly in Rhodomyrtus (Myrtaceae: Myrteae). Systematic Botany 36, 390-404.
  • Morin, L., R. Aveyard, J.R. Lidbetter and P.G. Wilson (2012) Investigating the host-range of the rust fungus Puccinia psidii sensu lato across tribes of the family Myrtaceae present in Australia. PLoS ONE 7(4), e35434.
  • Thornhill A.H., P.G. Wilson, J. Drudge, M.D. Barrett, G.S. Hope, L.A. Craven and M.D. Crisp (2012) Pollen Morphology of the Myrtaceae Part 3: Tribes Chamelaucieae, Leptospermeae and Lindsayomyrteae. Australian Journal of Botany 60, 225-259.
  • Thurlby K.A.G., P.G. Wilson, W.B. Sherwin, C. Connelly and M. Rossetto (2012)  Reproductive bet-hedging in a rare yet widespread rainforest tree, Syzygium paniculatum (Myrtaceae). Austral Ecology 37, 936-944.
  • Rye, B.L., P.G. Wilson and G.J. Keighery (2013) A revision of the species of Hypocalymma (Myrtaceae: Chamelaucieae) with smooth or colliculate seeds. Nuytsia 23, 283-312.