Hector Keller and Sara Crockett have described a new species of Hypericum from Misiones Province in Argentina in Phyton. The new species, a member of sect. Trigynobrathys, was collected in connection with ethnobotanical studies carried out with the Guaraní peoples and is characterized by its epigeous herbaceous scions produced seasonally from subterranean stems or roots. Hector and Sarah named the species Hypericum robsonii after Norman Robson and their publication was 'Dedicated to Dr. Norman K. B.
Hypericum featured prominently at the recent Radiation's conference hosted by the University of Zurich. Santiago Madriñán gave a talk entitled 'Patterns and processes of Páramo plant diversification' and Nicolai Nürk was co-author of a talk presented by Colin Hughes on 'Comparative montane plant radiations: from the Andes to the Hengduan Mountains'.
Alison Eyres, a student on the MSc Plant Diversity course at the University of Reading, is currently georeferencing specimens of Hypericum as part of a project to investigate niche evolution in the widely distributed Old World clade comprising sections Campylosporus, Ascyreia, Roscyna, Psorophytum and Takasagoya. Norman's extensive archive of unpublished notes is proving an invaluable resource for this.
We said goodbye to David Pattinson today after four and half months during which time he has been largely responsible for populating the Hypericum scratchpad. He has done a fantastic job and finished today by publishing information on types meaning that we now have over 13000 specimen records on the site.
Dave is off to pursue a PhD in parasite evolution at Cambridge and we wish him all the best.
We have just added records for over 10,000 specimens which appear in Norman's monograph. These can be browsed by clicking on the Specimens tab on the home page, or for individual taxa via their taxon pages.
Records for over 3,500 type specimens will be uploaded shortly.
Descriptions of all Hypericum taxa recognised in Norman Robson's monograph are now available on the website. They can be browsed through the Taxonomy tab or searched using the search box at the top of the page.