Botanic Gardens Trust, Sydney, Australia

Barbara G. Briggs

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

Position
Honorary Research Associate

Email
barbara.briggs@rbgsyd.nsw.gov.au

Phone
(02)9231 8074

Fax
(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

Keywords
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: 372390.
  • Johnson, L.A.S., & Briggs, B.G. 1963.  Evolution in the Proteaceae. Austral. J. Bot. 11: 2161.
  • 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: 83182.
  • Briggs, B.G., & Johnson, L.A.S. 1979.  Evolution in the Myrtaceae - evidence from inflorescence structure.  Proc. Linn. Soc. New S. Wales 102: 157256.
  • 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: 241287.
  • 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.

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