Staff

Roger  Spencer

Roger Spencer

Senior Horticultural Botanist

Roger's primary role is to oversee the taxonomy of cultivated plants at the Royal Botanic Gardens, which entails curating the Horticultural Reference Herbarium, describing and recording cultivated plants, and contributing to the International Cultivated Plant Code and international debate concerning the taxonomy of cultivated plants. Other recent work has included assisting with the development of an Australia-wide Weed Risk Assessment Procedure for garden plants and studying the relationship between sustainability and sustainable gardening.

Roger is also working on a 'Big History' approach to the idea of 'Plants, People & Planet: An Australian Perspective' with a view to developing the materials as a web resource. Three grand themes are being researched: a historical account of the way humans have changed the vegetation of Australia over time to produce the landscape we see today; an investigation of the cultural and scientific attitudes and beliefs that motivated this landscape change and how this has influenced the way that we perceive and manage the plant world around us today; and an examination of how social development in Australia has, through the interaction of social, economic, and environmental factors, influenced the current use of resources and future human sustainability.

  • Refereed journal articles
  • Books
  • Book chapters
  • Theses
  • Other

Udovicic F. and Spencer R.D. (2012). New combinations in Callistemon(Myrtaceae). Muelleria 30, 23–25.

Virtue, J.G., Spencer, R.D., Weiss, J.E. and Reichard, S.E. (2008). Australia's Botanic Gardens weed risk assessment procedure. Plant Protection Quarterly23(4), 166–178.

Spencer, R.D. and Cross, R.G. (2007). The cultigen. Taxon 56, 938–940.

Spencer, R.D. (1995). The Horticultural flora of south-eastern Australia and the Greenlife Database. Acta Horticulturae 413, 121–124.

Lumley, P.F. and Spencer, R.D. (1990). Two new species of Callistemon R.Br. (Myrtaceae). Muelleria 7, 253–258.

Lumley, P.F. and Spencer, R.D. (1988). Nomenclatural notes on CallistemonR.Br. (Myrtaceae). Muelleria 6, 411–415.

Spencer, R.D. and Lumley, P.F. (1986). Two new species of Callistemon R.Br.Muelleria 6, 293–298.

Lumley, P.F. and Spencer, R.D. (1982). Trees in Botanic Gardens 8 – Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne. Arboricultural Journal 6, 23–35.

Cross, R. and Spencer, R. (2009). Sustainable gardens. CSIRO Publishing, Collingwood.

Spencer, R. and Cross, R. (2007). Plant names: a guide to botanical nomenclature, 3rd edn. CSIRO Publishing, Collingwood.

Spencer, R.D. (2005). A horticultural flora of south-eastern Australia. Flowering plants, monocotyledons. University of New South Wales Press, Sydney.

Spencer, R.D. (2002). A horticultural flora of south-eastern Australia. Flowering plants, dicotyledons, part 2. University of New South Wales Press, Sydney.

Spencer, R.D. (2002). A horticultural flora of south-eastern Australia. Flowering plants, dicotyledons, part 3. University of New South Wales Press, Sydney.

Spencer, R.D. (1997). A horticultural flora of south-eastern Australia. Flowering plants, dicotyledons, part 1. University of New South Wales Press, Sydney.

Spencer, R.D. (1995). A horticultural flora of south-eastern Australia. Ferns, conifers and their allies. University of New South Wales Press, Sydney.

Spencer, R.D., Hawker, J. and Lumley, P.F. (1991) Elms in Australia.Ornamental Plants 3. Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne, South Yarra.

Lumley, P.F. and Spencer, R.D. (1990) Plant names: a guide to botanical nomenclature. Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne, South Yarra.

Spencer, R.D. (1987). Growing silver, grey and blue foliage plants. Kangaroo Press, Sydney.

Lumley, P.F.L., Dyke, J., Spencer, R.D. and Gardiner, A.D. (1982). Trees and gardens of the gold-mining era. Ministry of Planning, Melbourne.

Spencer, R. and Cross, R. (2008). The cultigen. In N. Groendijk-Wilders, C. Alexander, R.G. van den Berg and W.L.A. Hetterscheid (eds), ISHS Acta Horticulturae: V international symposium on the taxonomy of cultivated plants,pp. 163–167. International Society of Horticultural Science, Wageningen.

Spencer, R.D. (2002). Araucaria, p. 24. Bamboo, p. 70. Botany, pp. 100–101. Conifer, pp. 155–157. Plant collecting pp. 478–479. Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne, p. 522. In R. Aitken and M. Looker (eds), The Oxford companion to Australian gardens. Oxford University Press, South Melbourne.

Spencer, R.D. (1999). Cultivated plants and the codes of nomenclature – towards the resolution of a demarcation dispute. In S. Andrews, A.C. Leslie and C. Alexander (eds), Taxonomy of cultivated plants: third international symposium, pp. 171–181. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

Spencer, R.D. and Lumley, P.F. (1991). Callistemon R.Br. In G. Harden (ed.)Flora of New South Wales, pp. 193–198. University of New South Wales Press, Sydney.

Spencer, R.D. and Lumley, P.F. (1986). Callistemon R.Br. In J.P. Jessop and H.R. Toelken (eds), Flora of South Australia, part II, Leguminosae – Rubiaceae, pp. 894–897. South Australian Government Printing Division, Adelaide.

Spencer, R.D. (1972). Algal pollution and marine fouling in Port Phillip Bay. Ph.D. thesis, University of Melbourne.

Spencer, R.D. (1970). An ecological study of the sub-tidal macrophytic vegetation of three selected areas of Port Phillip Bay: Werribee, Altona and Carrum. M.Sc. thesis, University of Melbourne.

Spencer, R.D. (1968). Growth studies on a euryhaline marine flagellateBrachymonas marina. Honours Thesis, Botany Department, University College of Wales, Aberystwyth.

Spencer, R.D. (2002). Foreword. In H.F. Glen, Cultivated plants of southern Africa. Jacana, Johannesburg.

Spencer, R.D. (1998). Book review: The Australian garden. Reviewed in The New Plantsman 5, 246.

Spencer, R.D. (1994). Book review: The World Conifer Data PoolConifer Society of Australia Newsletter 13.

Spencer, R. (1992). Book review: A taxonomic revision of Lamium(Lamiaceae)Muelleria 7, 555.

Spencer, R.D. (1987). Book review: Bamboos of ChinaGarden Journal 7, 257–8.

Spencer, R.D. (1981). Table of trees suitable for street planting in Victoria. In T.E. Arthur and S.D. Martin (eds), Street tree directory. RAIPR (Vict. Region), Melbourne.