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Biographical entry Blaxell, Donald Frederick (1934 - )

1 February 1934
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Botanical collector, Botanist and Taxonomist


A botanist with an interest in eucalypts and orchids, Donald Blaxell, with Lawrence Johnson and Ian Brooker, was a joint author of many Eucalyptus species Together with Lawrence Johnson and Lindsay Pryor, he collected eucalypt specimens in eastern Australia. His writings on eucalypts were published in Telopea (formerly Contributions of the New South Wales National Herbarium) He has been on the staff of the University of New South Wales until he joined the New South Wales National Herbarium in 1968. From 1974-1975 he was Australian Botanical Liaison Officer at the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew, London. Donald Blaxell named many more species of Eucalyptus than indicated here. Eucalyptus blaxellii (L.A.S. Johnson & K.D. Hill 1992) was named in his honour.



Career position - Joined the National Herbarium of New South Wales, Sydney
Taxonomy event - Eucalyptus sphaerocarpa L.A.S.Johnson & Blaxell
Taxonomy event - Eucalyptus paliformis L.A.S.Johnson & Blaxell
Taxonomy event - Eucalyptus sclerophylla L.A.S.Johnson & Blaxell
Taxonomy event - Eucalyptus rupicola L.A.S.Johnson & Blaxell
1974 - 1975
Career position - Australian Botanical Liaison Officer, Kew Royal Botanic Gardens, London

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Published resources

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  • [various], Forest tree series (1970 - 1984) (Canberra: Forestry and Timber Bureau, CSIRO Division of Forest Research, 1970). Details
  • Wrigley, J. and Fagg, M., Eucalypts: A Celebration (Crows Nest Australia: Allen & Unwin, 2010), 344 pp. Details

Journal Articles

  • Hill, K.D., Johnson, L. A.S. and Blaxell, D.F., 'Systematic studies in the eucalypts 11. New taxa and combinations in Eucalyptus Section Dumaria (Myrtaceae)', Telopea, 9 (2) (2001), 259-318. Details
  • Johnson, Lawrence A.S. and Blaxell, Donald F., 'New Taxa and Combinations in Eucalyptus - 4.', Telopea, 1 (6) (1980), 395-397. Details


See also

  • 'List of eucalypts described by Donald Frederick Blaxell (Search: Family = Myrtaceae AND Author standard form = Blaxell )', The International Plant Names Index (IPNI), with The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew; The Harvard University Herbaria; Australian National Herbarium, 2012, Details

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