|José Rubens PIRANI
Systematics of neotropical eudicots; floristics and biogeography of central and
In the "Departamento de Botânica" since 1984.
research interests center on the neotropical flora (flowering plants), from the general
biogeographical and ecological aspects to the biological, morphological and taxonomic
studies at species level. The main projects of my team concentrate on the flora,
phytophysiognomy and structure of the communities from the montains of Central Brazil
(mainly the Espinhaço Range, in Bahia and Minas Gerais), part of the these carried out in
collaboration with colleagues of the Department of Ecology (USP), of the Instituto de
Botânica de São Paulo and of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Our strategy to reach the
main goal of understanding the biogeographical history of these mountains is to accomplish
detailed floristic inventories in several small "serras", some of them already
well known and with checklists published (Serra do Cipó, Serra do Ambrósio and
Grão-Mogol in Minas Gerais, and Pico das Almas and Catolés in Bahia), others are still
under field investigation. As a specialist on the families Rutaceae and Simaroubaceae, and
interested also in others of the order Sapindales, I am currently working on the
systematics and phylogeny of neotropical genera of these families, and collaborating on
several floristic projects in Brazil.
Pirani, J.R., Giulietti, A.M., Mello-Silva, R. & Meguro, M. 1994. Checklist and
patterns of geographic distribution of the vegetation of Serra do Ambrósio, Minas Gerais,
Brazil. Revista Brasileira de Botânica 17(2): 133-147.
Kallunki, J.A. & Pirani. J.R. 1998. Synopses of Angostura Roem. & Schult.
and Conchocarpus J.C. Mikan (Rutaceae). Kew Bulletin 53(2): 257-334.
Pirani, J.R. 1998. A revision of Helietta and Balfourodendron
(Pteleinae, Rutaceae). Brittonia 50: 348-380.
Pirani, J.R., Mello-Silva, R. & Giulietti, A.M. 2003. Flora de Grão-Mogol, Minas
Gerais. Boletim de Botânica da Universidade de São Paulo 21(1): 1-24.
Pirani, J.R. 2004. Three new species of Galipea (Rutaceae, Galipeinae) from
Brazil. Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society 144: 365-373.