David Boufford

David E. Boufford

David E. Boufford

Senior Research Scientist, Harvard University Herbaria

Harvard University Herbaria
22 Divinity Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02138-2094

Research Interests

My research interests focus on the vascular plants of temperate to subtropical Asia, their patterns of distribution, and how they relate to the plants of North America. I am on the editorial boards or otherwise involved in several flora projects, including the English language Flora of Japan (1992- ), the Flora of China (1989- ), Flora of Taiwan, Second Edition (1992-2003; wiki), the Flora of Korea (2001- ), the Flora of North America (1983- ), and Flora of Nepal. Locally, Ray Angelo of the New England Botanical Club and I are producing an annotated Atlas of the New England Flora.

I have been doing fieldwork in Asia since 1977 and in China since 1980. Beginning in 1997, Rick Ree (F), Susan Kelley (A), SUN Hang (KUN), YANG Zhuliang (KUN), JIA Yu (PE), and their students and I have been conducting expeditions to collect and survey plants, bryophytes, and fungi in the Hengduan Mountain region in southwestern China, one of the world’s hotspots of biodiversity. The collections made on these expeditions are from unexplored and underexplored regions and complement the collections made in the first half of the twentieth century by Joseph Rock, T. T. Yü, C. W. Wang, R. C. Ching, and others, which are also held in the Harvard University Herbaria.

Recent Publications

  • Angelo, R. and D. E. Boufford.  2014.  Atlas of the flora of New England: Families of vols. 17 & 18: Flora of North America.  Phytoneuron 2014-21: 1–24 + map pages 1–32.   Published 28 January 2014.
  • Li, Z. Y., X. H. Fan and D. E. Boufford.  2013.  Naturalized and Invasive Plants in China.  In Hong, D. Y. and S. Blackmore, eds.  Plants of China:  A Companion to the Flora of China: 397-406.
  • Boufford, D. E. 2013.  Impressions of Alexei Konstantinovich Skvortsov.   Skvortsovia: 1(1): 3 – 4.
  • Boufford, D. E.  2013.  Mahonia (Berberidaceae) in Asia: Typification, synonymy and notes.  Memoirs of the New York Botanical Garden 108: 251-283.
  • Angelo, R. and D. E. Boufford. 2013. Atlas of the flora of New England: Families of vols. 6 & 14: Flora of North America.  Phytoneuron 2013-45: 1–23 + map pages 1–30.
  • Angelo, R. and D. E. Boufford.  2013.  Atlas of the flora of New England: Fabaceae.  Phytoneuron 2013-2: 1–15 + map pages 1–21.
  • Schaefer, H., B. Bartholomew and D. E. Boufford.  2012.  Indofevillea jiroii (Cucurbitaceae), a new floral oil producing species from northeastern Myanmar.  Harvard Papers in Botany 17: 323-332.
  • Boufford, D. E. and B. Bartholomew.  2012.  Premna wui (Verbenaceae), a new name for Premna velutina C. Y. WuPhytoneuron 2012-80: 1.
  • Angelo, R. and D. E. Boufford.  2012.  Atlas of the flora of New England: Rosaceae.  Phytoneuron 2012-81: 1–25 + map pages 1–31.
  • Shultz, L. M. and D. E. Boufford.  2012.  A new species of Artemisia (Asteraceae:  Anthemideae) from Sichuan, China.  Harvard Papers in Botany 17: 21-23.
  • Yoshida, T., H. Sun and D. E. Boufford.  2012.  New species of Meconopsis (Papaveraceae) from Laojun Shan and Yao Shan, northern Yunnan, China.  Plant Diversity and Resources 34 (2): 145–149. (植物分类与资源学报).
  • Boufford, D. E.  2012.  Japanese collections, Asa Gray, and the Harvard University Herbaria.  In, Takahashi, H., ed.  Dr. W. S. Clark and His Plants at Sapporo 23-42.  Hokkaido University Museum, Sapporo, Japan.  In English and Japanese.
  • Angelo, R. A. and D. E. Boufford.  1912.  Atlas of the flora of New England: Asteridae.  AsteraceaePhytoneuron 2012–34: 1–39 + map pages 1–56.
  • Sun, Y. and D. E. Boufford.  2012.  Rubus naruhashii (Rosaceae), a new name for R. clivicola E. Walker. Journal of Japanese Botany 87: 135–136.
  • Angelo, R. A. and D. E. Boufford.  2012 (“2011”).  Atlas of the flora of New England: Caryophyllidae.  Rhodora 113: 419–513.
  • Zhang, J. W., D. E. Boufford and H. Sun.  2011.  Parasyncalathium J.W. Zhang, Boufford & H. Sun (Asteraceae, Cichorieae), a new genus endemic to the Himalaya-Hengduan Mountains.  Taxon 60: 1678-1684.
  • Angelo, R. A. and D. E. Boufford.  2011.  Atlas of the flora of New England: Dicots – Paeoniaceae to EricaceaePhytoneuron 2011-53: 1–14 + map pages 1–18.
  • Yoshida, T., H. Sun and D. E. Boufford.  2011.  New species of Meconopsis (Papaveraceae) from Balang Shan, western Sichuan, China.  Plant Diversity and Resources (植物分类与资源学报) 33: 409-413.
  • Boufford, D. E., M. Siwakoti and C. A. Pendry.  2011.  Rubus Linnaeus (Rosaceae).  In M. F. Watson, S. Akiyama, H. Ikeda, C. A. Pendry, K. H. Rajbhandari and K. S. Shrestha, ed.  Flora of Nepal. 3: 327-346.
  • Brach, A. R. and D. E. Boufford.  2011.  Why Are We Still Producing Paper Floras?  Annals of the Missouri Botanical Garden 98: 297-300.
  • Hong, D. Y. and D. E. Boufford. 2011. Adoxa and Sambucus (Adoxaceae). In C. Y. Wu, P. H. Raven and D. Y. Hong, eds., Flora of China 19: 611-614.
  • Angelo, R. and D.E. Boufford. 2011. Atlas of the flora of New England: Salicaceae to Brassicaceae. Phytoneuron 2011-12: 1–16 + figs. 1–53 (maps).
  • Ying, T. S., D. E. Boufford, and A. R. Brach. 2011. Berberidaceae. In C. Y. Wu, P. H. Raven, and D. Y. Hong, eds., Flora of China 19: 714-800.
  • Nickrent, D. L., D. E. Boufford, J. Kuijt. 2010. Proposal to conserve the name Viscum serotinum (Phoradendron serotinum) against Viscum leucarpum (Viscaceae). Taxon 59(6): 1903–1904.
  • Yoshida, T., H. Sun, and D. E. Boufford. 2010. New species of Meconopsis (Papaveraceae) from Mianning, southwestern Sichuan, China. Acta Botanica Yunnanica 32: 503~507.
  • Angelo, R. A. and D. E. Boufford. 2010. Atlas of the flora of New England: Dicots – Magnoliidae & Hamamelidae.  Rhodora 112: 244-326.
  • Boufford, D. E.,  C. X. Fu, Q. Y. (Jenny) Xiang, and Y. P. Zhao. 2010. Observations on Buckleya Torrey (Santalaceae) in China. J. Bot. Res. Inst. Texas 4: 281-286.
  • Boufford, D. E. 2010. Hengduan Mountain region, China, characteristics and biodiversity. P 50-66. In Yang, C. K., S. S. Cheng, and C. I. Peng, editors. Proceedings of the International Symposium on Forest Biodiversity and Conservation. Experimental Forest, National Taiwan Univ., Nantou, Taiwan.
  • Wu, W.,  R. C. Zhou,  Y. L. Huang, D. E. Boufford, and S. H. Shi. 2010. Molecular evidence for natural intergeneric hybridization between Liquidambar and AltingiaJ. Plant Res. 123: 231-239.
  • Cui, H., D. E. Boufford and P. Selden. 2010. Semantic annotation of biosystematics literature without training examples. Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology 61: 522–542. Published online 2009 in Wiley InterScience (www.interscience.wiley.com). DOI: 10.1002/asi.21246. Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology: 1-21. ASIS&T.
  • Boufford, D. E. and H. Sun.  2009.  New combination in Aconogonon (Polygonaceae). Harvard Papers in Botany 14: 197.
  • Zhang, D. C., D. E. Boufford, R. H. Ree, and H. Sun. 2009. The 29°N latitudinal line: an important division in the Hengduan Mountains, a biodiversity hotspot in southwest China. Nordic Journal of Botany 27: 405-412.
  • Boufford, D. E.  and Y. S. Chen. 2009. The correct name for the glabrous leaved plants of Aster albescens (de Candolle) Handel-Mazzetti (Asteraceae). Harvard Papers in Botany 14: 43.
  • Xu, B., Z. M. Li and D. E. Boufford. 2009. Eriophyton sunhangii Bo Xu, Zhimin Li & D. E. Boufford (Lamiaceae), a new species from eastern Xizang, China. Harvard Papers in Botany 14: 15-17.
  • Zhang, D. C., Y. H. Zhang, D. E. Boufford, and H. Sun. 2008. Elevational patterns of species richness and endemism for some important taxa in the Hengduan Mountains, southwestern China. Biodiversity Conservation 18: 699-716.  Published online 13 December 2008.
  • Boufford, D. E. and Wenheng Zhang. 2008. Spiranthes sunii (Orchidaceae), a new rheophytic orchid from Gansu Province, China. Harvard Papers in Botany 13: 261-266.
  • Al-Shehbaz, I. A. and D. E. Boufford. 2008. Cardamine tianqingiae (Brassicaceae), a new species from Gansu Province, China. Harvard Papers in Botany 13: 89-91.
  • Zhou, R. C., X. Gong, D. E. Boufford, C. I. Wu, and S. H. Shi. 2008. Testing a hypothesis of unidirectional hybridization in plants: observations on Sonneratia, Bruguiera and Ligularia. BMC Evolutionary Biology 8:149.
  • Zhang, Y. H., D. E. Boufford, H. Sun. 2007. Two New Species of Wikstroemia (Thymelaeaceae) from Western Sichuan, China. Rhodora 109: 448-455.
  • Flora of Korea Editorial Committee. 2007. The Genera of Vascular Plants of Korea. xiv + 1482 pages. Academy Publishing Co., Seoul. (As only non -orean member of editorial committee)
  • Angelo, R. A. and D. E. Boufford. 2007. Atlas of the flora of New England:  Cyperaceae. Rhodora 109: 237-360.
  • Yoshida, T., H. Sun, and D. E. Boufford. 2007. Meconopsis wilsonii subsp. wilsonii (Papaveraceae) rediscovered.  Acta Botanica Yunnanica 29: 286-288.
  • Peng, C.-I, D. E. Boufford, T. Takaso, and T. Y. Chiang. 2007. A Selection of Plants from Iriomote Island, Japan. Published by Endemic Species Research Institute and Research Center for Biodiversity, Academia Sinica, Taiwan, 183 pp.
  • Boufford, D. E., Y. Jia, L. Q. Li, Q. Tian, and Z. Y. Zhang. 2007. Botanical Expedition to southern Gansu Province, China, May 2007. Newsletter of Himalayan Botany 40: 5-14.
  • Qin, H. N. and D. E. Boufford. 2007. Rhizophoraceae. In Wu, Z. Y, P. H. Raven and D. Y. Hong, eds.  Flora of China. Vol. 13: 295-299.
  • Fujikawa, K., D. E. Boufford, H. Ohba, H. Sun, and S. G. Wu. 2007. Taxonomic studies of Saussurea de Candolle (Asteraceae) in the Hengduan Mountains, China. 1. An annotated list of recently collected specimens. Newsletter of Himalayan Botany 39: 13-37.
  • Zhang, Y. H., D. E. Boufford, and H. Sun. 2007. Taxonomic note on Wikstroemia salicina (Thymelaeaceae). Acta Phytotax. Sin. 45: 413-414.
  • Iwatsuki, K., D. E. Boufford, and H. Ohba, editors.  2006  Flora of Japan. Volume IIa Angiospermae; Dicotyledonieae; Archichlamideae(a.) xiii + 550.  Kodansha, Ltd., Tokyo.

Internet Publications

  • Angelo, R. A. and D. E. Boufford. 1997-present. Atlas of the Flora of New England.  http://neatlas.org/
  • Boufford, D. E., Z. W. Ge, Y. Jia, S. L. Kelley, R. H. Ree, H. Sun, and Z. L. Yang. 1998-present. Biodiversity of the Hengduan Mountains Region, China. http://hengduan.huh.harvard.edu/fieldnotes
  • Boufford, D. E. and K. N. Gandhi.1992-2006. Harvard University Herbaria Databases:  Botanists, Publications, Specimens. http://www.huh.harvard.edu/databases/
  • D’Acunto, L., K. B. Searcy, and D. E. Boufford. 2010-. Botanical Collections of William S. Clark and David P. Penhallow: Specimens collected from Sapporo, Japan between 1876-1877. http://bcrc.bio.umass.edu/clark/