International Collaborative Partner (ICP)

Name Dr. Wong Khoon Meng
Qualification Ph.D., University of Malaya
B.Sc. (Hons) Botany, University of Malaya
Organization Singapore Botanic Gardens, National Parks Board, Singapore
UTAR Contact Person Dr. Goh Wei Lim,

  • Curator, Parks and Recreation Department, Singapore.
  • Forest Botanist, Forest Research Institute of Malaysia (FRIM).
  • Senior Forest Botanist and Head of Botany, FRIM.
  • Forestry Officer (Botany), concurrently Head, Parks Conservation Section, Forestry Department, Brunei Darussalam.
  • Senior Forest Botanist (Tree Flora of Sabah and Sarawak) (Head, Botany Section, Jan. 1992 to Nov. 1995), Forest Research Centre, Forestry Department, Sabah, Malaysia.
  • Botanical Liaison Officer for Tree Flora of Sabah & Sarawak, at the Herbarium, Royal Botanic Gardens,Kew, U.K.
  • Associate Professor, Institute of Biological Sciences, Faculty of Science, University of Malaya, KualaLumpur, Malaysia.
  • Professor, Institute of Biological Sciences, Faculty of Science, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
  • Research Associate & Mercer Fellow, Arnold Arboretum, Harvard University, USA.
  • Visiting Researcher to Kunming Botanical Garden, Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden, and South China Botanical Garden, China.
  • Visiting Professor, Biology Program, Faculty of Science, University of Brunei Darussalam.
  • Senior Researcher (from June 2010); Keeper of the Singapore Herbarium (Sep. 2010 - July 2013) / concurrently Asst Director (Botanical Research) (from Oct. 2010), Asst Director (Research &
    Conservation) (April 2012 - July 2013)].
  • Principal Researcher, Singapore Botanic Gardens, National Parks Board, Singapore.
Professional Appointment
  • Honorary life member, The American Bamboo Society (since October 1984).
  • Honorary member, The Orchid Society of Selangor and Federal Territory, Malaysia (since September 2006). Member, The Sabah Society (1992-2008).
  • Member of the Palm Specialist Group of the Species Survival Commission, International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN) (March 1985-Dec. 1987).
  • Member of the Bamboo Specialist Group of the Species Survival Commission, IUCN (Dec. 1989-Nov. 2005).
  • Member, The Malayan Nature Society (July 1985-1990); The Malaysian Nature Society (Jan. 1997-2003; Chairman of the Organising Committee for the Stone Memorial Symposium 16-18 July 1998).
  • Member, The Bamboo Phylogeny Group (BPG), an international research consortium based at the Iowa State University, U.S.A. (coordinator: Professor Lynn Clark) (Dec. 2006-present).
  • Member, Gentian Research Network, a multidisciplinary research consortium coordinated at Rutgers University, U.S.A. (coordinator: Professor Lena Struwe) (July 2010-present).
Research Interests
  • Taxonomic Inventory And Documentation Biogeographical Approaches To Conservation
  • Erosion And Recovery Of Species Diversity In Disturbed Environments
Publications & Presentations
  • F.F. Merklinger, P. Chhang & K.M. Wong (2017) Schizostachyum cambodianum, a new species of bamboo (Poaceae: Bambusoideae) from Cambodia. Phytotaxa 298(1): 83-88.
  • P. Baas, J.T. Pereira, K.M. Wong, P.H. Hovenkamp, P.J.A. Kessler & D.M. Newbery (2017) In memoriam Colin Ernest Ridsdale (18 January 1944 - 5 January 2017). Blumea 62: i-iv.
  • F.F. Merklinger, A.H.B. Loo, W.F. Ang, H.T.W. Tan, K.M. Wong & W.J. Baker (2017) BOOK: A Guide to the Exotic Palms of Singapore. Science Centre, Singapore.
  • J. J. E. Chia, Z.Y. Ooi, H.K. Lua, A.H.B. Loo, W.F. Ang, K.H. Ong & K.M. Wong (2017) Glochidion obscurum Bl. (Phyllanthaceae), a new record for Singapore. Nature In Singapore 10: 49-53.
  • K.M. Wong (2017) BOOK: Saurauia in Borneo. A revision with 62 new species. Natural History Publications (Borneo) in association with National Parks Board Singapore. 310 p.
  • Louise Neo, K.M. Wong & H.T.W. Tan (2017) Studies in Southeast Asian Melastoma (Melastomataceae), 3. A new species of Melastoma Melastomataceae) from Peninsular Malaysia. Phytotaxa 317(4): 286-291. 2018
  • W.L. Goh, S. Sungkaew, A. Teerawatananon, D. Ohrnberger, N.-H. Xia, K.S. Chan, Y.X. How & K.M. Wong (2017) The hybrid origin of Phai Liang, a bamboo of recent introduction into horticulture in Southeast Asia, and a new nothogenus, Thyrsocalamus (Bambuseae: Bambusinae). Phytotaxa 362(3): 271-281.
  • I.M. Turner, M. Rodda, K.M. Wong & D.J. Middleton (2018) Flora of Singapore Precursors, 9. The identities of two unplaced taxa based on types from Singapore. Gardens' Bulletin Singapore 70(2): 295-299.
  • K.M. Wong (2018) Flora of Singapore Precursors, 11. A new species of Urophyllum (Rubiaceae) from the Malay Peninsula. Phytotaxa
    373(3): 236-240.
  • J.B. Yang, Y.R. Dong, K.M. Wong, Z.J. Gu, H.Q. Yang & D.Z. Li (2018) Genetic structure and differentiation in Dendrocalamus sinicus (Poaceae: Bambusoideae) populations provide insight into evolutionary history and speciation of woody bamboos. Scientific Reports 8: 16933 Pp 1-13. DOI:10.1038/s41598-018-35269-8
  • R. Mahyuni, T. Chikmawati, N.S. Ariyanti & K.M. Wong (2018) The Psydrax dicoccos complex (Rubiaceae) in Malesia, with three new species. Floribunda 5(8): 322-331.
  • W.W. Seah & K.M. Wong (2018) Flora of Singapore Precursors, 1. Gynochthodes praetermissa (Rubiaceae: Morindeae), a new West Malesian species, with notes on related taxa. Gardens' Bulletin Singapore 70(2): 267-273.
  • K.M. Wong & R. Mahyuni (2018) Flora of Singapore Precursors, 2. A new species and two new combinations in Psydrax (Rubiaceae: Vanguerieae) for West Malesia. Reinwardtia 17(1): 77-84.
  • K.M. Wong & H.K. Lua (2018) Flora of Singapore Precursors, 3. A new species of Canthium (Rubiaceae: Vanguerieae) previously confused with C. horridum. Gardens' Bulletin Singapore 70(2): 275-282.
  • W.W. Seah & K.M. Wong (2018) Flora of Singapore Precursors, 7. A newly diagnosed species of Neonauclea (Rubiaceae: Naucleeae) now extinct in Singapore and notes on Neonauclea calycina. Gardens Bulletin, Singapore. Gardens Bulletin Singapore 70(2): 289- 294.
  • K.M. Wong, R. Mahyuni, X.Y. Ng & L. Neo (2018) Flora of Singapore Precursors, 8. Systematy of the new Southeast Asian genera Canthiumera and Dibridsonia (Rubiaceae: Vanguerieae), with notes on plant architecture and reproductive ecology. Reinwardtia 17(2): 101-124.
  • L. Neo, H.T.W. Tan & K.M. Wong (2019) Cyanoneuron (Rubiaceae) in Sulawesi? Reaffirmation of a Bornean endemic genus as a cautionary example on the use and interpretation of natural history specimen data. Nordic Journal of Botany 2019: e02353. Pp. 1-4.
  • K.M. Wong (2019) Book review: S. Gardner, P. Sidisunthorn & K. Chayamarit, Forest Trees of Southern Thailand, Volume 3, Monimiaceae to Ximeniaceae & Gymnosperms (Forest Herbarium, Bangkok & Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, 2018). Gardens Bulletin, Singapore 71(1): 263-264.
  • K.M. Wong & L. Neo (2019) Species richness, Lineages, Geography and the Forest Matrix: Reconciliation at the Beginning of the End? David J. Mabberley Festschrift, Gardens' Bulletin Singapore, Special Number, in press.
  • D.J.Middleton, K. Armstrong, Y. Baba, H. Balslev, K. Chayamarit, R.C.K. Chung, B.J. Conn, E.S. Fernando, K. Fujikawa, R. Kiew, H.T. Luu, MuMu Aung, M.F. Newman, T. Nobuyuki, S. Tagane, D.C. Thomas, T.B. Tran, T.M.A. Utteridge, P.C. van Welzen, D. Widyatmoko, T. Yahara & K.M. Wong (2019) Progress on Southeast Asia Flora projects. Gardens' Bulletin Singapore, in press.
  • K.M. Wong & S.K. Ganesan (2019) The plant diversity of Singapore. In: D.J. Middleton et al. (eds.) The Flora of Singapore. National Parks Board, Singapore.
  • J.-F. Veldkamp, H. Duistermaat, K.M. Wong & D.J. Middleton (2019) Poaceae (Gramineae). In: D.J. Middleton et al. (eds.) The Flora of Singapore. National Parks Board, Singapore.
  • K.M. Wong & M. Sugumaran (2019) Gentianaceae. In: D.J. Middleton et al. (eds.) The Flora of Singapore. National Parks Board, Singapore.
  • K.M. Wong, I.M. Turner, R. Wang, B. Harwood, W.W. Seah, X.Y. Ng, R.C.J. Lim, H.K. Lua & R. Mahyuni (2019) Rubiaceae. In: D.J. Middleton et al. (eds.) The Flora of Singapore. National Parks Board, Singapore.