Matt Buys



Dr Matt Buys is the curator of Scion's National Forestry Herbarium. His role involves the management of New Zealand's largest reference collection associated with forestry.


  • PhD (Plant Systematics),Stellenbosch University, South Africa -1997
  • MSc (Plant Ecology), Stellenbosch University, South Africa -1991
  • BSc (Hons) (Botany), Stellenbosch University, South Africa -1988

Research capabilities

  • Plant Systematics
  • Cyber-taxonomy

Selected papers

Buys, M.H. & Nordenstam, B. 2009. Nomenclature and typification of J. G .C. Lehmann and H. Buek names in Lobostemon (Boraginaceae). Taxon 58,2: 627–637.

Struwig, M., Mienie, C.M.S., Van den Berg, J., Mucina, L., Buys, M.H. 2009. AFLPs are incompatible with RAPD and morphological data in Pennisetum purpureum (Napier grass). Biochemical Systematics and Ecology  37: 645–652.

Buys, M.H. & Nordenstam, B. 2009. De Candolle’s Prodromus: the role of father and son in relation to names in Lobostemon (Boraginaceae) and typification thereof. Candollea 64,2: 289–293.

Nordenstam, B. & Buys, M.H. 2009. (1879) Proposal to conserve the name Echium laevigatum (Lobostemon laevigatus) (Boraginaceae) with a conserved type. Taxon 58,1: 303–305.

Buys, M.H. & Nordenstam, B. 2010. Nomenclatural notes on Echium fruticosum var. major and minor. Bothalia 40,1: 118–119.

Nordenstam, B. & Buys, M.H. 2011. A reassessment of the homonyms in the Prodromi of Thunberg and Burman. Taxon 60,4: 1189–1193.

Buys, M.H. 2011. A revision of Lobostemon. Phytotaxa 37: 1–131.