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Laurence J. Dorr

Collecting plants in the Sierra Nevada de Mérida, Venezuela.

Laurence J. Dorr

Research Botanist & Associate Curator

Phone: 202-633-0964
Fax: 202-786-2563
E-mail Address: DORRL@si.edu

Postal Address
(Mail and Packages):

MRC-166/Botany
Smithsonian Institution
PO Box 37012
Washington, DC 20013-7012

Courier Address:
National Museum of Natural History
West Loading Dock
10th and Constitution Ave, NW
Washington, DC 20560-0166


Education
     B.A. (Earth and Planetary Sciences), 1976, Washington University, St. Louis M.A. (Botany), 1980, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Advisor: C.R. Bell) Ph.D., 1983, University of Texas at Austin (Advisor: B.B. Simpson)

Research Interests
     Systematic Biology: Systematics of Malvales, especially tropical taxa formerly ascribed to Sterculiaceae and Tiliaceae; systematics of Ericaceae, focusing on tropical African and Malagasy taxa. Biocomplexity: Flora of the northern Andes, including the preparation of a manual of the vascular flora of the Parque Nacional Guaramacal, Venezuela; floristic accounts of Malvales and Ericaceae for neotropical and paleotropical flora projects. History of Science: Botanical exploration of Madagascar and neighboring islands in the Indian Ocean; 19th-century natural history in the United States.

Recent Publications - (All Publications)

de Carvalho-Sobrinho, Jefferson G., Ramella, Lorenzo, de Queiroz, Luciano P. and Dorr, Laurence J. 2014. Towards a revision of Pseudobombax Dugand (Malvaceae- Bombacoideae): typification of names published by E. Hassler and R. Chodat in the related genus Bombax L. Candollea, 69(1): 93-99.

Dorr, Laurence J. 2014. Flora of Guaramacal (Venezuela): Monocotyledons. Smithsonian Contributions to Botany, 100: 1-289. doi:10.5479/si.19382812.100

Campbell, Lisa M. and Dorr, Laurence J. 2013. A synopsis of Harperocallis (Tofieldiaceae, Alismatales) with ten new combinations. Phytokeys, 21: 37-52. doi:10.3897/phytokeys.21.4859

de Carvalho-Sobrinho, Jefferson G., de Queiroz, Luciano P. and Dorr, Laurence J. 2013. Does Pseudobombax have prickles? Assessing the enigmatic species Pseudobombax endecaphyllum (Malvaceae: Bombacoideae). Taxon, 62(4): 814-818. doi:10.12705/624.30

Marhold, Karol, Stuessy, Tod, Agababian, Mariam, Agosti, Donat, Alford, Mac H., Crespo, Ana, Crisci, Jorge V., Dorr, Laurence J., Ferencová, Zuzana, Frodin, David, Geltman, Dmitry V., Killian, Norbert, Linder, H. Peter, Lohmann, Lucia G., Oberpreler, Christoph, Penev, Lyubomir, Smith, Gideon F., Thomas, Wayt, Tulig, Melissa:Turland, Nicholas and Zhang, Xian-Chun 2013. The future of botanical monography: Report from an international workshop, 12-16 March 2012, Smolenice, Slovak Republic. Taxon, 62(1): 4-20.

Dorr, Laurence J. 2012. Apeiba trombetensis (Malvaceae: Grewioideae), a new species from northern Brazil. Brittonia, 64(4): 374-380. doi:10.1007/s12228-012-9251-3

Dorr, Laurence J. 2012. A new combination in Chusquea (Poaceae: Bambusoideae). Phytoneuron, 23: 1-2.

Dorr, Laurence J. 2012. Malvaceae. In: Acevedo-Rodríguez, Pedro and Strong, M. T., Catalogue of seed plants of the West Indies. Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Scholarly Press,(Smithsoninan Contributions to Botany) pp.496-529.

Dorr, Laurence J. 2012. Diospyros foliosa: the correct name for D. elliptica, and new combinations in Fijian and Samoan Diospyros (Ebenaceae). Kew Bulletin, 66(4): 633-635. doi:10.1007/s12225-011-9313-9

Dorr, Laurence J. 2012. Lectotypification of Maximilianea triphylla S.F. Blake (Bixaceae). Phytoneuron, 2012-9: 1-3.

Dorr, Laurence J. and Cheek, M. R. 2012. The identity and typification of Pimia Seem. (Sterculiaceae). Kew Bulletin, 66(4): 629-631. doi:10.1007/s12225-011-9312-x

Stauffer, F. W., Stauffer, J. and Dorr, Laurence J. 2012. Bonpland and Humboldt specimens, field notes, and herbaria; new insights from a study of the monocotyledons collected in Venezuela. Candollea, 67(1): 75-130.

Dorr, Laurence J. 2011. (2041) Proposal to conserve the name Hibiscus simplex (Firmiana simplex) (Malvaceae) with a conserved type. Taxon, 60(6): 1781-1782.

Dorr, Laurence J. 2011. Muntingiaceae. In: Piedrahíta, Á. I., Ortiz, R. del C., Callejas Posada, R. and Merello, M., Flora de Antioquia, Catálogo de las Plantas Vasculares. Medellín, Colombia: Universidad de Antioquia, pp.640-641.

Dorr, Laurence J. 2011. Trichospermum lessertianum comb. n., the correct name for the Cuban species of Trichospermum (Malvaceae, Grewioideae) also found in Mexico and Central America. Phytokeys, 2: 17-22.

Dorr, Laurence J. 2011. Review of: A pride of Panamanian guide books, review.. Taxon, 60(5): 1536-1537.

Dorr, Laurence J. 2011. Review of: Austin Paul Smith: the life of a natural history collector and horticulturist. Taxon, 60(1): 305

Fernández-Alonso, J. L., Dorr, Laurence J., Piedrahíta, A. Idárraga, Merello, M. and Liesner, R. 2011. Malvaceae. In: Piedrahíta, A. I., Ortiz, R. del C., Callejas Posada, R. and Merello, M., Flora de Antioquia, Catálogo de las Plantas Vasculares . Medellín, Colombia: Universidad de Antioquia, pp.577-594.

Skema, C. and Dorr, Laurence J. 2011. Nesogordonia tricarpellata (Dombeyaceae), a new species from Madagascar that compels modification of the morphological circumscription of the genus. Phytokeys, 2: 9-15.

Dorr, Laurence J. 2010. “Muy poco se sabe de los resultados”: Francis E. Bond’s expedition to the Paria Peninsula and Delta of the Orinoco, Venezuela (1911). Archives of Natural History, 37(2): 292-308. doi:10.3366/anh.2010.0010

Dorr, Laurence J. 2010. [Review of]: Malagasy nature: Journal International sur l’histoire naturelle de Madagascar et des îles voisines (Mascareignes, Seychelles et Comores). Taxon, 59(4): 1313-1314.

Dorr, Laurence J. 2010. In Memoriam Armand Rakotozafy (1932-2009): Malagasy Botanist and Herbarium Curator. Taxon, 59(2): 670-671.

Dorr, Laurence J. and Wiersema, J. H. 2010. Proposals to reject twelve names emanating from Loefling’s Iter Hispanicum (1758), Ayenia sidiformis (Malvaceae), Cofer (Symplocaceae), Cruzeta and C. hispanica (Amaranthaceae), Edechia inermis and E. spinosa (Rubiaceae), Justicia putata (Acanthaceae), Menais and M. topiaria (? Boraginaceae), Muco (Capparaceae), Samyda parviflora (Salicaceae), and Spermacoce suffruticosa (Rubiaceae). Taxon, 59(4): 1280-1282.

Dorr, Laurence J. and Wiersema, J. H. 2010. Names of American vascular plants published in Loefling’s Iter Hispanicum (1758) and its German translation (1766). Taxon, 59(4): 1245-1262.

Dorr, Laurence J. and Wiersema, J. H. 2010. Typification of names of American species of vascular plants proposed by Linnaeus and based on Loefling’s Iter Hispanicum (1758). Taxon, 59(5): 1571-1577.

Skema, Cynthia and Dorr, Laurence J. 2010. Dombeya gautieri (Dombeyaceae), a remarkable new species from Madagascar. Kew Bulletin, 65(2): 305-310. doi:10.1007/s12225-010-9212-5

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