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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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National Museum of Natural History
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10th and Constitution Ave, NW
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)

Funk, Vicki A. and Robinson, Harold E. 2017. Nine species from Madagasacar 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 A. 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. 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. 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. 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 A. 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 A. 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

Cuatrecasas, José and Robinson, Harold E. 2013. Relationships of the Espeletinae. In: A systematic study of the subtribe Espeletinae. Heliantheae-Asteraceae. The New York Botanical Garden,(Memoirs of the New York Botanical Garden) pp.42-47.

Funk, Vicki A., Robinson, Harold E. and Tangerini, Alice 2013. Whatever happened to Bishopanthus (Compositae, Liabeae)?. PhytoKeys, 30: 65-73. doi:10.3897/phytokeys.30.6652

Robinson, Harold E. and Ireland, Robert Root 2013. Correct use of the Generic Name Bryodusenia (Hookeriales). Memoirs of the New York Botanical Garden, 108: 245-249.

Robinson, Harold E. and Pruski, John F. 2013. Zyzyura, a new genus pf Eupatorieae (Asteraceae) from Belize. Phytokeys, 20: 1-7. doi:10.3897/phytokeys.20.4033

Robinson, Harold E. and Rock, Barrett N. 2013. Transectional anatomy of stems and leaves. In: A systematic study of the subtribe Espeletinae. Heliantheae-Asteraceae. The New York Botanical Garden,(Memoirs of the New York Botanical Garden) pp.59-80.

Robinson, Harold E. and Skvarla, John J. 2013. Lettowia, a new genus of Vernonieae from East Africa (Asteraceae). Phytokeys, 25(2): 47-53. doi:10.3897/phytokeys.25.5556

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