Botanic Gardens Trust, Sydney, Australia

Barbara G. Briggs

Barbara Briggs BSc(Hons), PhD(Syd), PSM

Honorary Research Associate


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Research interests

  • Restionaceae - Phylogeny of Restionaceae, Centrolepidaceae and Anarthriaceae; Chromosome numbers in Australian Restionaceae; Description of & Seed morphology of Restionaceae; Flora of Australia.
  • Ecdeiocoleaceae - Description of Ecdeiocolea rigens; Epidermis morphology of Ecdeiocoleaceae leaves; Patterns of flowering in Ecdeiocoleaceae
  • Monocot Tree of Life
  • Hydatellaceae
  • Botanical talks to Royal Botanic Garden Sydney Volunteer Guides

Restionaceae Poales Ecdeiocoleaceae Ranunculus Veroniceae Proteaceae

Current research projects
Molecular phylogeny of 'core Poales' with Adam Marchant, Australian Restionaceae

Key publications

  • Briggs, B.G. 1962. Interspecific hybridization in the Ranunculus lappaceus group. Evolution 16: 372–390.
  • Johnson, L.A.S., & Briggs, B.G. 1963.  Evolution in the Proteaceae. Austral. J. Bot. 11: 21–61.
  • Johnson, L.A.S. & Briggs, B.G. 1975.  On the Proteaceae - the evolution and classification of a southern family.  J. Linn. Soc. (London) Bot., 70: 83–182.
  • Briggs, B.G., & Johnson, L.A.S. 1979.  Evolution in the Myrtaceae - evidence from inflorescence structure.  Proc. Linn. Soc. New S. Wales 102: 157–256.
  • Johnson L.A.S. & Briggs, B.G. 1981. Three old southern families - Myrtaceae, Proteaceae and Restionaceae. In Keast, A. (ed.) Ecological Biogeography of Australia. Pp. 427-464.  W. Junk: The Hague.
  • Johnson, L.A.S. & Briggs, B.G. 1984. Myrtales and Myrtaceae - a phylogenetic analysis. Ann. Missouri Bot. Gard. 71: 700-756.
  • Briggs, B.G. 1986. Alpine Ranunculi of the Kosciusko plateau - habitat change and hybridization. In B.A. Barlow (ed), Flora and Fauna of Alpine Australasia: Ages and Origins. CSIRO.  pp. 401-412.
  • Briggs, B.G. 1991. One hundred years of plant taxonomy, 1889-1989. Ann. Missouri Bot. Gard. 78: 19-32.
  • Briggs, B.G., & Ehrendorfer, F. 1992. A revision of the Australian species of Parahebe and Derwentia (Scrophulariaceae). Telopea 5: 241–287.
  • Briggs, B.G. & Johnson, L.A.S.  (1998) Georgeantha hexandra, a new genus and species of Ecdeiocoleaceae (Poales) from Western Australia. Telopea 7: 307-312.
  • Briggs, B.G. & Johnson, L.A.S. (1998) New genera and species of Australian Restionaceae (Poales). Telopea 7: 345-373.
  • Linder, H.P., Briggs, B.G. & Johnson, L.A.S. (1998) Anarthriaceae: pp. 19-21, Ecdeiocoleaceae: pp 195-197, Restionaceae pp. 425-445 in, K. Kubitzki (Ed.) The Families and Genera of Flowering Plants IV. Springer-Verlag: Berlin.
  • Briggs, B.G. & Johnson, L.A.S. (1999) A guide to a new classification of Restionaceae and allied families. Pp. 25-56 in Meney, K.A. & Pate, J.S. (eds) Australian Rushes, Biology, Identification and Conservation of Restionaceae and allied families. (University of Western Australia Press, Nedlands).
  • Briggs, B.G., Marchant, A.D., Gilmore, S. and Porter, C.L. (2000). A molecular phylogeny of Restionaceae and allies. Pp. 661-671 in Wilson, K.L. & Morrison, D. (eds.) Monocots - Systematics and Evolution (Proc. 2nd Int. Conf. Comparative Biol. Monocots, Sydney 1998). (CSIRO: Melbourne).
  • Saarela, J.M., Rai, H.S., Doyle, J.A., Endress, P.K., Mathews, S., Marchant, A.D, Briggs, B.G. and Graham, S.W. (2007) Hydatellaceae identified as a new branch near the base of the angiosperm phylogenetic tree. Nature 446, 312-315.
  • Garnock-Jones PJ, Albach D and Briggs BG (2007) Botanical names in Southern Hemisphere Veronica (Plantaginaceae): sect. Detzneria, sect. Hebe, and sect. Labiatoides. Taxon: 56: 571-582.
  • Marchant, A.D and Briggs, B.G. (2007) Ecdeiocoleaceae and Joinvilleaceae, sisters of Poaceae (Poales): evidence from rbcL and matK data. Telopea 11: 437-450.
  • Briggs BG, Linder HP (2009) A new subfamilial and tribal classification of Restionaceae (Poales). Telopea 12: 333-345.
  • Briggs BG, Marchant AD, Perkins A (2010) Phylogeny and features in Restionaceae, Centrolepidaceae and Anarthriaceae (the restiid clade of Poales). Pp. 357-388 in O. Seberg et al. eds, Diversity, Phylogeny, and Evolution in the Monocotyledons. Aarhus University Press.
  • Givnish TJ, Ames M, McNeal JR, McKain MR, Steele PR, dePamphilis CW, Steele PR, Graham SW, Pires JC, Stevenson DW, Zomlefer WB, Briggs BG, Duvall MR, Moore MJ, Heaney JM, Soltis DE, Soltis PS, Thiele K, Leebens-Mack JH. (2011) Assembling the tree of the monocotyledons: plastome sequence phylogeny and evolution of Poales. Annals of the Missouri Botanical Garden 97: 584--616.
  • Briggs BG, Dixon KW, Johnson LAS (2012) New species and variation in Lepidobolus (Restionaceae) from Western Australia. Telopea 14: 29-36.
  • Briggs BG, Johnson LAS (2012) New species of Sporadanthus and Lepyrodia (Restionaceae) from eastern and western Australia. Telopea 14 : 11-28. 
  • Briggs BG (2012) Chromosome numbers in some Australian Restionaceae (Poales): new counts and an inferred base number for Leptocarpoideae. Telopea 14: 37-42.
  • Albach DC, Briggs BG (2012) Phylogenetic analysis of Australian species of Veronica (V. section Labiatoides; Plantaginaceae). Australian Systematic Botany 25: 353-363.
  • Briggs BG, Marchant AD, Perkins AJ (2014) Phylogeny of the restiid clade (Poales) and implications for the classification of Anarthriaceae, Centrolepidaceae, and Australian Restionaceae. Taxon: 63: 24-46.
  • Briggs BG (2014) Desmocladus (Restionaceae) enlarged to include the Western Australian Harperia, Kulinia and Onychosepalum. Telopea 17: 21-33.
  • Briggs BG (2014) Leptocarpus (Restionaceae) enlarged to include Meeboldina and Stenotalis, with new subgenera and Western Australian species. Telopea 16: 19-41.
  • Drew BT, Ruhfel BR, Smith SA, Burleigh JG, Moore MJ, Briggs BG, Soltis PS, Soltis DE (2014) Another look at the root of the Angiosperms reveals a familiar tale. Systematic Biology 63: 368-382.
  • Briggs BG & Tinker A (2014) Synchronised monoecy in Ecdeiocoleaceae (Poales) in Western Australia. Australian Journal of Botany 62: 391-402.

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