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 MH. 2017. Oscularia. In: Hartmann H, ed. Illustrated handbook of succulent plants: Aizoaceae. Edition 2, vol. 2. Berlin: Springer.

Buys MH, Flint HJ, Miller EM, Yao H, Caird AR, Ganley RJ. 2016. Preparing for the invasion: efficacy of DNA barcoding to discern the host range of myrtle rust (Puccinia psidii) among species of Myrtaceae. Forestry 89: 263-270 DOI 10.1093/forestry/cpw017.

Hankey AJ, Hahn N, Buys MH. 2014. Ledebouria caesiomontana AJ Hankey & N. Hahn (Hyacinthaceae: Hyacinthoideae): A new species from the Blouberg centre of endemism, Limpopo, South Africa. Bothalia 44: DOI 10.4102/abc.v44i1.119.

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

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

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.