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Robert Faden

Robert Faden

Emeritus Research Botanist

Phone: 202-633-0971
Fax: 202-786-2563
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Smithsonian Institution
PO Box 37012
Washington, DC 20013-7012

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National Museum of Natural History
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10th and Constitution Ave, NW
Washington, DC 20560-0166

     City College of New York (1958-1962), B.S. cum laude in Biology, with special graduate honors in biology, June, 1962.
     University of Michigan (1962-1965), M.S. in Botany, December, 1964.
     Washington University, St. Louis (1972-1975), Ph.D. in Biology, December, 1975. Dissertation title: "A biosystematic study of the genus Aneilema R. Br. (Commelinaceae).

Research Interests
     Commelinaceae (evolution, systematics, floristics, reproductive biology, anatomy, cytology)
     Flora of Africa
     African biogeography
     Reproductive biology
     Plant anatomy
     Seed dimorphism

Recent Publications - (All Publications)

Faden, Robert B. and Hardy, Christopher R. 2017. Commelinaceae, the Dayflower & Spiderwort Family. In: Naczi, Robert F. C. and Abbot, J. Richard, New Manual of Vascular Plants of Northeastern United States and Adjacent Canada. : The New York Botanical Garden Press,() pp.

Pellegrini, Marco O. O. and Faden, Robert B. 2017. Recircumscription and taxonomic revision of Siderasis, with comments on the systematics of subtribe Dichorisandrinae (Commelinaceae). PhytoKeys, 83: 1-43. doi:10.3897/phytokeys.83.13490

Aona, Lidyanne Y. S., Faden, Robert B., Bittrich, Volker and Amaral, Maria do Carmo E. 2016. Four new species of Dichorisandra (Commelinaceae) endemic from Bahia State, Brazil. Brittonia, 68(1): 61-73. doi:10.1007/s12228-015-9397-x

Pellegrini, Marco O. O., Faden, Robert B. and de Almeida, Rafael Felipe 2016. Taxonomic revision of Neotropical Murdannia Royle (Commelinaceae). Phytokeys, 74: 35-78. doi:10.3897/phytokeys.74.9835

Faden, Robert B. 2014. The expanding garden. Rock Garden Quarterly, 72(2): 102-123.

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