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Harold Robinson

Harold Robinson

Emeritus Research Botanist

Phone: 202-633-0955
Fax: 202-786-2563
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Smithsonian Institution
PO Box 37012
Washington, DC 20013-7012

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Washington, DC 20560-0166

     BS Degree: 1950-1955 - Ohio University, Botany, Major/Zoology Minor`MS Degree: 1955-1957 - Univ. of Tennessee, Botany, Major/Entomology Minor (Advisor: Aaron J. Sharp)`PhD Degree: 1957-1960 - Duke University, Botany Major/Zoology Minor (Advisor: Louis E. Anderson)

Research Interests
     My research currently focuses on the taxonomy and revisionary studies of the plant family Asteraceae, including the tribes Eupatorieae, Heliantheae from the New World and Vernonieae of both the New and Old World. I have extended interests in the taxonomy of the Neotropical plant family Bromeliaceae, the Bryophytes from the New World, as well as the insect fly family Dolichopidae.

Recent Publications - (All Publications)

Robinson, Harold 2018. Tribus Eupatorieae Cass. In: Davidse, G., Sousa, M., Knapp, S., Chiang, F., Ulloa Ulloa, C., Pruski, J. F., Barrie, F. R., Arbbelaez, A. L., Bilsborrow, T. and Gunter, D., Flora Mesoamericana, Volume 5, Part 2. St. Louis, Missouri: Missouri Botanical Garden,() pp.113-214.

Robinson, Harold and Funk, Vicki A. 2018. Vernonia subgenus Austrovernonia, a new subgenus from South America (Compositae, Vernonieae, Vernoniinae). PhytoKeys, 110: 123-134. doi:10.3897/phytokeys.110.28890

Robinson, Harold E. 2018. Tribus Liabeae Rydb. In: Davide, G., Sousa, M., Knapp, S., Chiang, F., Ulloa Ulloa, C., Pruski, J. F., Barrie, F. R., Arbelaez, A.L., Bilsborrow, T. and Gunter, D., Flora Mesoamerica, Volume 5, Part 2. St. Louis, Missouri: Missouri Botanical Garden,() pp.353-359.

Robinson, Harold E. 2018. A New Perspective on the Red Algae of Nw Australia. Taxon, 67(5): 1054 doi:10.12705/675.29

Funk, Vicki Ann and Robinson, Harold E. 2017. Nine species from Madagascar are moved from Vernonia to Distephanus (Compositae, Vernonieaea). Phytokeys, 77: 89-92. doi:10.3897/phytokeys.77.11727

Robinson, Harold and Yankowski, Stanley 2016. The Taxonomic Significance of ducts in the corolla lobes of Vernonia (Vernonieae: Asteraceae). PhytoKeys, 58: 1-7. doi:10.3897/phytokeys.58.7009

Robinson, Harold E., Skvarla, John J. and Funk, Vicki Ann 2016. Vernonieae (Asteraceae) of southern Africa: A generic disposition of the species and a study of their pollen. Phytokeys, 60: 49-126. doi:10.3897/phytokeys.60.6734

Robinson, Harold E. 2015. Notes on the genus Chionolaena in Colombia with a new species Chionolaena barclayae (Asteraceae, Gnaphalieae). PhytoKeys, 46: 67-71. doi:10.3897/phytokeys.46.8976

Robinson, Harold E. 2015. The genus Fleischmannia in Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil and Paraguay (Eupatorieae, Asteraceae). PhytoKeys, 57: 61-92. doi:10.3897/phytokeys.57.5784

Robinson, Harold E. 2015. Asteraceae parts on Eupatorieae, Heliantheae, Liabeae, Vernonieae. In: Jorgensen, Peter M., Nee, Michael M. and Beck, Stehan G., Catalogo de las Plantas Vasculares de Bolivia. Saint Louis, Missouri: Missouri Botanical Garden,() pp.291-382.

Robinson, Harold E. and Keeley, Stirling C. 2015. A refined concept of the Critoniopsis bogotana species group in Colombia with two new species (Vernonieae, Asteraceae). PhytoKeys, 48: 85-95. doi:10.3897/phytokeys.48.8810

Robinson, Harold E. and Funk, Vicki Ann 2014. Gymnanthemum koekemoera (Compositae, Vernonieae), a new species from South Africa. PhytoKeys, 36: 59-65. doi:10.3897/phytokeys.36.7386

Robinson, Harold E. and Funk, Vicki Ann 2014. Dysaster cajamarcensis. a new shrubby genus and species of Astereae (Asteraceae) from Peru. PhytoKeys, 36: 35-40.

Robinson, Harold E., Keeley, Sterling C., Skvarla, Johm J. and Chan, Raymond 2014. Two new genera, Hoffmannanthus and Jeffeycia, mostly from East Africa (Erlangeinae, Vernonieae, Asteraceae). PhytoKeys, 39: 49-64. doi:10.3897/phytokeys.39.7624

Robinson, Harold E. and Skvarla, John J. 2014. Pantoporate pollen in the Asteraceae (Vernonieae). PhytoKeys, 38: 1-13. doi:10.3897/phytokeys.38.7495

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