Dr Andor Venter
Research Fellow
Plant Sciences
BL 50
Plant Sciences
IB 62
051 4013044

Short CV

Andor M. Venter was born in Pretoria, matriculated at the Afrikaanse Hoër Meisieskool in 1969 and moved to Bloemfontein in 1970. Her B.Sc. degree was obtained at the University of the Orange Free State in 1972 with Botany and Chemistry as majors. The degrees B.Sc. Hons., M.Sc. and Ph.D were all awarded at the same University while working as Professional Officer and later as temporary lecturer and Senior Professional Officer in the Department of Botany from 1973. She was subsequently promoted to lecturer in 2001. In the period 1994 to 2003 various overseas herbaria were visited: London (Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew, British Museum and Linnean Society) and Oxford (Department of Botany, University of Oxford) (England), Edinburgh (Scotland), Coimbra and Lissabon (Portugal), Florence (Italy), München and Berlin (Germany), Geneve and Zürich (Switzerland), Wageningen and Leiden (Nederlands), Uppsala (Sweden), Vienna (Austria) and Cairo (Egypt). Taxonomic contributions have been made at national and international conferences including Adelaide (Australia), St Louis (VSA) and Blantyre (Malawi). Several articles have already appeared in accredited scientific journals, as well as one book and some popular articles. She is curator of the Geo Potts Herbarium of the Department of Plant Sciences, providing floristic and geographical information to staff members, students, government organizations and the public, and accommodating visiting researchers from other herbaria and institutions. A plant identifying service is associated with the Herbarium. She was also curator of the New York Botanical Gardens Floristic and Phyto-chemical Survey Program” in South Africa, a combined project of the Department of Plant Sciences and the New York Botanical Gardens in collaboration with the Merck Research Laboratories. Andor is a member of the South African Association of Botanists (SAAB), as well as of the Association for the Taxonomic Study of the Flora of Tropical Africa (AETFAT) and the International Association of Taxonomists (TAXON).

Publications (Short List)

VENTER, A. M. & SCOTT, A. J. 1999. Lycium mascarenense (Solanaceae), a new species from the Mascarene Islands, Madagascar and south-eastern Africa. South African Journal of Botany 1999, 65: 428–430. VENTER, A M, VENTER, H J T. Lycium gariepense (Solanaceae), a new species from South Africa and Namibia. South African Journal of Botany 2003: 69: 161-164. VENTER, A M, VENTER, H J T. Lycium strandveldense (Solanaceae), a new species from the western coast of South Africa. South African Journal of Botany, 2003: 69(4): 476-479.


Area(s) of Interest

My main research focus of the past number of years has been the taxonomic revision of the genus Lycium (Solanaceae) in Africa, during which time the phylogenetic relationships were sorted out. Five new species were described as part of this study. The genus Cryptolepis is also being investigated as part of the taxonomic revision of the family Apocynaceae, subfamily Periplocoideae, in collaboration with Prof HJT Venter. Contibutions have been made to the current revision of the Flora of southern Africa. The Geo Potts Herbarium contains more than 30 000 specimens and is at present being computerized by incorporating the relevant information onto the PRESIS-database of Southern Africa.

Courses Presented

BLG 124 (Plant Biology)
PLK 212 (Practical plant morphology and propagation)
PLK 314 (Taxonomy and ecology of vascular plants)
PLK 664 (Plant diversity and Taxonomy of higher plants)



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