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e-Monocot is a NERC funded consortium between Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, Oxford University and the Natural History Museum.


Grant no's 279981, 279984 & 279970. Period, Nov./Dec. 2010 to Oct./Nov. 2013.





Gladiolus illyricus in flower among bracken stems. Photo Paul Wilkin.
Gladiolus illyricus in flower among bracken stems.

Forest Monocot Diversity by Paul Wilkin

The following article on forest monocots represents eMonocot’s celebration and recognition of both the International Year of Forests 2011 and retrospectively the International Year of Biodiversity 2010.

Kew eTaxonomy Day Presentations

26 May 2011 - Pat Brenan Suite, HLAA, RBG Kew

The aims of the workshop were to: share ideas and techniques; consider different approaches to content and communities; think about taxonomy from the perspectives of different groups of users; and develop ideas on how we move the subject forward at Kew and beyond

(click on links to see the accompanying slideshow) 

The eMonocot Scratchpad Profile: Progress Update

The eMonocot Scratchpads will all use a standard theme based on the theme used on The theme has been modified to allow for a fluid-wdith layout and some element of site customisation. The footer of the site has a different set of logos, and links to a list of all eMonocot Scratchpads. 

eMonocot Walks at the Lyme Regis Fossil Festival

As part of the Lyme Regis Fossil Festival three members of the eMonocot team (Paul Wilkin, Ian Kitching & Ed Baker) led two walks in the Axmouth to Lyme Regis National Nature Reserve and surrounding countryside.



CATE stands for Creating a Taxonomic e-Science, which was a project funded by the UK’s Natural Environment Research Council under its e-science initiative. The particular goal of CATE was to test the feasibility of creating a web-based consensus taxonomy using two model groups, one from the plant and the other from the animal kingdom. The wider aim was to explore the practicality of 'unitary' taxonomy and promote web-based revisions as a source of authoritative information about groups of organisms for specialist and non-specialist users.

Book Now! - eMonocot at Lyme Regis Fossil Festival

The eMonocot led nature walks at the Lyme Regis Fossil Festival are now listed on the Fossil Festival Programme. Spaces are limited to 20 people on each walk, details of how to book your place are given in the Programme.

In the emonocot content team we're currently developing an interactive key to all slipper orchid species (Orchidaceae: Cypripedioideae). Members of The Orchid Project at Writhlington School, in North East Somerset, have offered to test our key and provide us with feedback. We hope that this experience will inspire them to become regular users of the wealth of information and tools that emonocot will provide.

Read on for more information about the Project, and some photos of my visit to the school in November last year:

eMonocot at Lyme Regis Fossil Festival

The Lyme Regis Fossil Festival is an annual event held in the historic seaside village of Lyme Regis, Dorest. The festival celebrates not only the Jurassic fossils but also the modern diversity of life around Lyme Bay.

As part of the celebration this year Ian Kitching (NHM) and Paul Wilkin (RBGK) will be running wildlife walks on the Saturday and Sunday. Starting from Lyme Regis these walks will take visitors to look for wildlife around Lyme Bay, in particular monocot plants (and no doubt insects too).


Monocots in Guardian 'New to Nature' series

The New to Nature series in the Guardian covers species that have only recently been described. So far three monocots have been featured.


New to Nature No 8: Dioscorea orangeana
Tuberific Yams, restricted to northern Madagascar, have been heavily harvested since being discovered. (Kew Species Page for Dioscorea orangeana).

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