Botanic Gardens Trust, Sydney, Australia

Barbara G. Briggs

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

Honorary Research Associate


(02)9231 8074

(02) 9251 7231

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.

Barbara and Puya