Dr Michele RODDA

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Research Interests

My principal research interest is on the taxonomy and evolution of Apocynaceae subfamilies Asclepiadoideae, Periplocoideae and Secamonoideae in Southeast Asia and neighboring regions, with a particular focus on the islands of Borneo and New Guinea.
In the past three years I have also started studying the diversity of herbaceous Urticaceae in Borneo, in particular the species rich genus Elatostema.
I have participated to numerous field expeditions to Laos, Myanmar and Sarawak, aimed at increasing the collection density in lesser explored area as well as to train local botanists in field collection techniques.

Current Research

  1. Revision of Apocynaceae subfamilies Asclepiadoideae, Periplocoideae and Secamonoideae for the Flora of Singapore, Peninsular Malesia and Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam
  2. The genus Hoya in New Guinea
  3. Phylogeny of Marsdenieae
  4. Taxonomy and evolution of herbaceous Urticaceae of Borneo
  5. Botanical survey of Lanjak Entimau Wildlife Sanctuary, Sarawak, Malaysia


Selected Publications

Lamb. A. & Rodda, M. (2016). A Guide to Hoyas of Borneo. Natural History Publications (Borneo). Kota Kinabalu. 204 pp.

Simonsson Juhonewe, N & Rodda, M. (2017). Contribution to a revision of Hoya (Apocynaceae: Asclepiadoideae) of Papuasia. Part I: ten new species, one new subspecies and one new combination. Gardens’ Bulletin Singapore 69(1): 96–147

Rodda, M. (2015) Checklist and typification of Heterostemma (Apocynaceae, Asclepiadoideae, Ceropegieae). Phytotaxa 263: 1–17.

Rodda, M. (2016). Proposal to reject the name Stapelia cochinchinensis (Hoya cochinchinensis) (Apocynaceae) Taxon 65(6): 1430.

Rodda, M. (2017). Index of names and types of Hoya (Apocynaceae, Asclepiadoideae) of Borneo. Gardens’ Bulletin Singapore 69(1): 33–65.



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