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Nancy Hensold

Tropical Plant Taxonomist

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Ph.D., University of Michigan, 1986


Selected Publications

Hensold, N. 1988.  Morphology and Systematics of Paepalanthus subg. Xeractis (Eriocaulaceae). Syst. Bot. Monogr. 23: 1-150.

Giulietti A.M. & N. Hensold. 1990. Padrões de distribuição geográfica dos gêneros de  Eriocaulaceae. (Patterns of geographic distribution of the genera of Eriocaulaceae.) Acta Bot. Brasil. 4(1): 133-158.

Hensold, N. 1991.  Revisionary studies in the Eriocaulaceae of Venezuela. Ann. Missouri Bot. Gard. 78: 424-440.

Hensold, N. & A. M. Giulietti. 1991.  Revision and redefinition of the genus Rondonanthus (Eriocaulaceae). Ann. Missouri Bot. Gard. 78: 441-459.

Giulietti, A.M. & N. Hensold. 1991. Synonymization of the genera Comanthera and Carptotepala with Syngonanthus (Eriocaulaceae).  Ann. Missouri Bot. Gard. 78: 460-464.

Dillon, M. O., A. Sagástegui, I. Sánchez V., S. Llatas Q., & N. Hensold. 1995.  Floristic inventory and biogeographic analysis of montane forests in northwestern Peru. pp. 251-270. In: S. Churchill, H. Balslev, E. Forero & J. Luteyn (eds.), Biodiversity and Conservation of Neotropical Montane Forests. Bronx, NY: The New York Botanical Garden.

Sagastegui A., A., S. Leiva, P. Lezama, M. Dillon, & N. Hensold. 1995 [1996.] Inventario Preliminar de la flora del Bosque Cachil. Arnaldoa 3(2): 19-34.

Hensold, N. 1996 [1997]. Paepalanthus subg. Xeractis (Eriocaulaceae): notes and nomenclatural changes. Phytologia 81(1): 24-27.  

Hensold, N. 1997 [1998].  Base de datos de especimenes para la investigacion y manejo de colecciones: un manual practico para usuarios de dBase® y WordPerfect®. Arnaldoa 4(2): 123-158.

Hensold, N. 1998. Eriocaulaceae. In: Dubs, B., ed. Prodromus Florae Matogrossensis, pp. 92-94. The Botany of Mato Grosso, ser. B, No. 3. Betrona Verlag, Kusnächt, Switzerland.

Hensold, N. 1998. Erythroxylaceae. In: Dubs, B., ed. Prodromus Florae Matogrossensis, pp. 94-97. The Botany of Mato Grosso, ser. B, No. 3. Betrona Verlag, Kusnächt, Switzerland.

Hensold, N. 1998.  Flora da Serra do Cipó, Minas Gerais: Paepalanthus subg. Xeractis (Eriocaulaceae). Bol. Bot. Univ.  São Paulo 17: 207-218.

Hensold, N. 1999. Eriocaulaceae. In: P. Berry, B. Holst, & K. Yatskievych, eds.  Flora of the Venezuelan Guayana, Vol. 5: 1-58. Missouri Botanical Garden Press, St. Louis. 

Hensold, N. 1999 [2000]. Las angiospermas endémicas del Depto. de Cajamarca, Perú. Arnaldoa 6(2): 141-183.

Hensold, N. & B.E. Hammel. 2003. Eriocaulaceae. In: B.E.Hammel, M.H. Grayum, C. Herrera & N. Zamora (eds.), Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica. Monogr. Syst. Bot. Missouri Bot. Gard. 92: 569-575.

Plowman, T. & N. Hensold. 2004. Names, types, and distributions of Neotropical species of Erythroxylum(Erythroxylaceae). Brittonia 56 (1): 1-53.

Hensold, N. 2004. Two new species and a new combination in South American Eriocaulaceae. Novon 14(3): 302-308.

Garwood, N.C., N. Hensold, & R.B. Foster. 2009. Appendix I: Revised Species List for Barro Colorado Island, with Synonyms, pp. 247-290, In: N. C. Garwood, Seedlings of Barro Colorado Island and the Neotropics.Cornell University Press, Ithaca & London.

Hensold, N., A.L.R. Oliveira & A.M. Giulietti. 2012. Syngonanthus restingensis(Eriocaulaceae): A remarkable new species endemic to Brazilian coastal shrublands. Phytotaxa 40: 1-11.

Giulietti, A.M., N. Hensold, L.R. Parra, M.J.G. Andrade, C. van den Berg & R. M. Harley. 2012. The synonymization of Philodice with Syngonanthus (Eriocaulaceae). Phytotaxa 60: 50-56.

Hensold, N. 2014. Eriocaulaceae. In: P. M. Jørgensen et al. (eds.) Catálogo de las Plantas Vasculares de Bolivia. Monogr. Syst. Bot. Missouri Bot. Gard. 127: 581-583.

Work experience

I’ve been working with the general identification of Neotropical flowering plants for the past twenty years, first with the Botany Department, studying project material from northern Peru. I now curate the “Neotropical Herbarium Specimens” website, which is an identification resource for neotropical botanists. I verify the identifications on our scanned specimens, and curate neotropical material in the main herbarium as needed. I also help identify collections by Robin Foster and his colleagues, from RBI’s (Rapid Biological Inventories), mostly in the Eastern Andes and upper Amazon basin.