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Dr Trevor Wilson

Lamiaceae Research (ABRS Postdoctoral Fellow)

Research Interests

My research interests include evolutionary biology, systematics, pollination and taxonomy. I study these while focussing on (not restricted within, however) the Australian Lamiaceae, in particular Plectranthus (Mentheae) and all taxa in the endemic Australian subfamily Prostantheroideae.

The mint family (Lamiaceae) is one of the largest flowering plant families. Although its members are most commonly identified by their culinary use, they are also extremely valuable for their agricultural, horticultural and medicinal uses. My research focuses on clarifying relationships and identifying taxonomic boundaries in the Australian Lamiaceae in order to aid their identification as well as understand evolutionary processes. Sophisticated morphological and molecular tools help me identify new species as well develop inferences for evolutionary trajectories.

Research Projects

  • Systematics of Australian Plectranthus (Lamiaceae): application of molecular data to assess relationships and resolve interspecific ambiguities.
  • Systematics of the Westringieae (Lamiaceae): the application of morphological and molecular techniques to resolve generic limits.
  • Systematics of the Chloantheae (Lamiaceae): resolving taxonomic boundaries between Lachnostachys, Newcastelia, and Physopsis.


  1. Wilson TC and Conn BJ 2015 Two new species of Prostanthera (Lamiaceae) from south eastern Queensland. Telopea. 18. 255-263.
  2. Conn BJ and Wilson TC 2015 Prostanthera (Lamiaceae) from far-north Queensland, Australia. Telopea. 18: 1-11.
  3. Conn BJ and Wilson TC 2014 Prostanthera elisabethae (Lamiaceae), a new species from New South Wales, Australia. Telopea.17:413-418.
  4. Conn BJ, Wilson TC, Proft KM, and Henwood MJ 2013 Circumscription and phylogenetic relationships of Prostanthera densa and P. marifolia (Lamiaceae). Telopea. 15: 149-164.
  5. Renner M, Devos N, Patino J, Brown B, Orme A, Elgey M, Wilson T, Gray L, and von Konrat M 2013 Integrative taxonomy resolves the cryptic and pseudo-cryptic Radula buccinifera complex (Porellales, Jungermanniopsida), including two reinstated and five new species. PhytoKeys 27:1-113 doi: 10.3897/phytokeys.27.5523
  6. Wilson TC, Conn BJ, and Henwood MJ 2012 Molecular phylogeny and systematics of Prostanthera Labill. (Lamiaceae). Australian Systematic Botany. 25:341-352.
  7. Conn BJ and Wilson TC 2012 Prostanthera tallowa (Lamiaceae), a new species from New South Wales, Australia. Telopea. 14: 5-8.
  8. Wilson TC, Conn BJ, and Henwood MJ 2012 Status of the genus Wrixonia F.Muell. (Lamiaceae). Telopea. 14: 1-3.
  9. Wilson TC, Gerrath JM and Posluszny U 2006 Morphological and anatomical development in the Vitaceae VIII.  Comparative development of three species of Cyphostemma (Vitaceae) reveals important vegetative and reproductive differences among the species.  Canadian Journal of Botany 84(5): 702-716.
  10. Wilson TC, Charlton WA and Posluszny U 2006 Increased image depth for epi-illumination microscopy. Canadian Journal of Botany 84(3): 508-513
  11. Gerrath JM, Wilson TC and Posluszny U 2004 Morphological and anatomical development in the Vitaceae VII Floral development in Rhoicissus digitata with respect to other genera in the family. Canadian Journal of Botany 82(2): 198-206
  12. Wilson TC and Posluszny U 2003 Novel variation in the floral development of two species of Parthenocissus. Canadian Journal of Botany 81(7): 738-748
  13. Wilson TC and Posluszny U 2003 Complex tendril branching in two species of Parthenocissus: implications for the vitaceous shoot architecture. Canadian Journal of Botany 81(6): 587-597
  14. Wilson, TC 2001 A comparative developmental study on tendrils of Boston Ivy (Parthenocissus tricuspidata) using scanning electron microscopy. Microscopical Society of Canada Bulletin 29(4): 11-16.