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Peter Goldblatt     [ United States ]

Senior Curator & B. A. Krukoff Curator of African Botany
Missouri Botanical Garden

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Adjunct Professor, St. Louis University Adjunct Professor, Washington University, St. Louis Adjunct Professor, University of Missouri, St. Louis Adjunct Professor, Portland State University, Portland, OR 

  • Ph.D., University of Cape Town, South Africa, 1970
  • B.Sc. and B.Sc. (Hons.), University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa, 1965-1966.
  • Interests
  • Editor, Index to Plant Chromosome Numbers project.
  • Systematics and evolution of Iridaceae–with emphasis on African genera. Current studies include systematic reviews of Babiana (c. 80 sp.), Hesperantha (c. 80 cp.), and Aristea (c. 55 sp.) in sub-Saharan Africa.
  • Flora of the Cape Region, South Africa. A synoptic flora of the Cape region of southern Africa with detailed distributional data and diagnostic descriptions.
  • The long-tongued fly pollination system in southern Africa (rhinomyiophily), including investigation of fly species with mouth parts exceeding 20 mm and the identification of plants pollinated by these flies including documentation of their floral and nectar characteristics.
  • Pollination biology of selected genera including Aristea, Babiana, Geissorhiza and Moraea.
  • Address
    Missouri Botanical Garden
    P.O. Box 299
    St. Louis, MO 63166-0299

    1-314-577-0820 (fax)



    Selected Publications

    • Phylogeny of the Afro-Madagascan Aristea (Iridaceae) revisited in the light of new data for pollen and seed morphology. Bot. J. Linn. Soc. 144: 41–68. 2004 [with A. le Thomas & M. Suárez-Cervera].
    • Floral biology of Hesperantha (Iridaceae: Crocoideae): shifts in flower color and timing of floral opening and closing radically change the pollination system. Ann. Missouri Bot. Gard. 91(1): 186–206. 2004 [with I. Nänni, P. Bernhardt & J. C. Manning].
    • Radiation in the Cape flora and the phylogeny of peacock irises Moraea (Iridaceae) based on four plastid DNA regions. Molec. Phylog. Evol. 25: 341–360. 2002 [with V. Savolainen, O. Porteous, I. Sostaric, M. Powell, G. Reeves, J. C. Manning, T. G. Barraclough, & M. W. Chase].
    • Plant diversity of the Cape region of southern Africa. Ann. Missouri Bot. Gard. 89(2): 281–302. 2002 [with J. C. Manning].
    • The color encyclopedia of Cape bulbs. Timber Press, Portland, OR. 2002. 486 pp [with J. Manning & D. Snijman].
    • Radiation of pollination systems in Gladiolus (Iridaceae: Crocoideae) in southern Africa. Ann. Missouri Bot. Gard. 88: 713–734. 2001 [with J. C. Manning & P. Bernhardt].
    • Cape Plants: A conspectus of the vascular plants of the Cape Region of South Africa. Strelitzia 7. National Botanical Institute of South Africa, Cape Town. 2000 [with John C. Manning].
    • Iridaceae. Pp 623–638 in O. A. Leistner (editor), Seed plants of southern Africa: families and genera. Strelitzia 10. National Botanical Institute, Pretoria. 2000 [with J. C. Manning].
    • Fairest Cape Wildflowers. The wildflowers of the Western Cape, South Africa: where to find them and how to identify them. Redroof, Cape Town. 2000 [with J. C. Manning].
    • The long-proboscid fly pollination system in southern Africa. Ann. Missouri Bot. Gard. 87: 146–170. 2000 [with J. C. Manning].
    • Pollination of petaloid geophytes by monkey beetles (Scarabaeidae: Rutelinae: Hopliini) in southern Africa. Ann. Missouri Bot. Gard. 85: 215–230. 1998 [with P. Bernhardt & J. C. Manning].
    • Iridaceae. In K. Kubitzki (editor), Families and Genera of Flowering Plants volume 2: 295–335. 1998. Springer Verlag, Heidelberg [with contributions from J. C. Manning and P. Rudall].
    • Gladiolus in Southern Africa: Systematics, Biology, and Evolution. Fernwood Press, Cape Town. 1998 [with J. C. Manning].
    • The Moegistorhynchus longirostris (Diptera: Nemestrinidae) pollination guild: long-tubed flowers and a specialized long-proboscid fly pollination system in southern Africa. Pl. Syst. Evol. 206: 51–69. 1997 [with J. C. Manning].
    • The Prosoeca peringueyi (Diptera: Nemestrinidae) pollination syndrome in southern Africa: long-tongued flies and their tubular flowers. Ann. Missouri Bot. Gard. 83: 67–86. 1996 [with J. C. Manning].
    • The Woody Iridaceae: Systematics, Biology and Evolution of Nivenia, Klattia and Witsenia. Timber Press, Portland, Oregon. 1993. 138 pp.
    • Phylogeny and classification of Iridaceae. Ann. Missouri Bot. Gard. 77: 607–627. 1990.
    • An analysis of the flora of southern Africa: its characteristics, relationships and origins. Ann. Missouri Bot. Gard. 65: 369–436. 1978.

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