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Phylogeny, Taxonomy and Conservation of Kalanchoe (Crassulaceae) in Kenya

Project summary:

My PhD project aims to resolve taxonomic relationships in East African members of the genus Kalanchoe Adans., a genus of succulent and herbaceous shrubs native to Africa, Madagascar, Arabia as well as Brazil and tropical Asia. I will examine species and infraspecific concepts in two species complexes viz. Kalanchoe lateritia and Kalanchoe nyikae, evaluate utility of species of Kalanchoe in relation to phylogeny, and establish the conservation status of the genus Kalanchoe in Kenya, using an integrated molecular methods and morphological trait-based analysis.

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Gertrude Vwononi Evusa

Highest degree:

MSc. in Plant Taxonomy, PhD in Plant Taxonomy (Ongoing)

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Current student


Flowering plants

Kenyatta University, Kenya

Relevant publications (minimum 1, maximum 4):

Gertrude Vwononi Evusa & Violet Kadenyeka Mugalavai (2019); Nutritional Composition of Species in the Vernonia hymenolepis Complex in Kenya; International Journal of Scientific and Research Publications (IJSRP) 9(5) (ISSN: 2250-3153), DOI:

I have one manuscript in preparation for Taxon

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1.  Contribution to novel methods for research in systematics and taxonomy and/or
     Building taxonomic capacity in developing countries

2.  Contribution to the generation of novel systematic data

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4.  Adequacy of methods for testing hypotheses (data collection/analysis/use of different tools)

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