Kanchi N. Gandhi

Research Interests:

My interests are in the areas of plant nomenclature, plant morphology, and plant taxonomy. I am currently working on the International Plant Name Index, the HUH lookup tables, and Flora of North America project.

Associated Activities:

General Interests:

Vascular Plant Systematics, Plant Morphology, Plant Geography, Plant Nomenclature

Current Projects:

American Society of Plant Taxonomists (2010): Distinguished Service Award

Lectures, Tree Planting, and Guest of Honor Felicitation in India

During February--March 2014, Gandhi gave botany--related talks organized by: Dr. Paramjit Singh (Director) & Dr. P. Lakshminarasimhan (Scientist) (Central National Herbarium, Botanical Survey of India, Howrah); Prof. Amal Kumar Mondal (Vidyasagar University); Prof. Anita Mukherjee & Prof. Debabrata Maity (Calcutta University); Prof. M. Manivannan (Indian Institute of Technology, Chennai); Prof. Rajasab (Vice-Chancellor), Prof. Chandrakant S. Karigar (Dean), Prof. Y. N. Seetharam & Dr. M. Seenappa (Tumkur University); Prof. Rajendra Shinde (St. Xavier's College, Mumbai); Prof. S. Muralidhar & Prof. N. Usha Devi (Kolar Research Center, Karnataka); Prof. D. H. Tejavathi & Prof. Y. Thulajappa (Bangalore University-Botany Department); Prof. Mamiyil Sabu (Calicut University); and Prof. H. P. Puttaraju, Prof. S. Poornima, Prof. Y. N. Seetharam & Prof. Y. Thulajappa (Bangalore University-Biological Sciences).

At Tumkur University, Gandhi participated in a tree planting event organized by Prof. Chandrakant S. Karigar, Prof. Y. N. Seetharam, Prof. B. R. Shalini, Prof. K. L. Ravikala, and Prof. D. Poornima. Two cannonball (Couroupita guianensis) saplings, donated by Dr. B. K. Sadashiv Singh, were planted by Prof. Rajasab (Vice-Chancellor) and Gandhi.

Mrs. Anupama Jayasimha (Bharathanatyam program, The Indian Institute of World Culture, Bangalore) felicitated Gandhi as the Guest of Honor.

Course Director - Plant Nomenclature - January 11-13, 2013 - Kolkata, India

Selected Publications:


  • Graham, S. A. & Gandhi, K. N. Nomenclatural changes resulting from the transfer of Nesaea and Hionanthera to Ammannia (Lythraceae). Harvard Pap. Bot. 18(1): 000-000
  • Tucker, G. C. & Gandhi, K. N. Nomenclatural Notes on Neotropical Cyperus (Cyperaceae). Harvard Pap. Bot. 18(1): 000-000
  • Reveal, J. L. & Gandhi, K.N. Proposal to conserve the name Carex interior against C. scirpoides (Cyperaceae). Taxon 62(2): 403-404.
  • Reveal, J. L., Gandhi, K. N. & Zona, S. Proposals to reject the names Chamaerops glabra (Sabaglabra) and Sabal blackburnea with a comment on the nomenclatural status of S. umbraculifera (Arecaceae). Taxon 62: 000-000.
  • 2012

  • Gandhi, K. N. Rubus kasthuriae, a new name for R. Fulvus (Rosaceae). Harvard Pap. Bot. 17(1): 51.
  • Gandhi, K. N. & Ormerod, P. A new combination in Dithrix (Orchidaceae). Phytoneuron 2012-61: 1–3.
  • Gandhi, K. N., Wiersema, J. H., Brouillet, L. Validation of the name Wolffia borealis (Lemnaceae). Harvard Pap. Bot. 17(1): 47-50.
  • Gandhi, K. N., Reveal, J. L. & Zarucchi, J. L.. 2012. Nomenclatural and taxonomic analysis of Convallaria majalis, C. majuscula, and C. montana (Ruscaceae/Liliaceae). Phytoneuron 2012-17: 1–4.
  • Reveal, J.L. & Gandhi, K. N. Proposal to reject the name Eriogonum cordatum (Polygonaceae). Taxon 61(4): 883.
  • Semple, J.C. & Gandhi, K. N.. 2012. Neotypification of Solidago buckleyi (Asteraceae: Astereae) and observations on its distribution. Phytoneuron 2012-111: 1-5.
  • 2011

  • Gandhi, K.N., Vincent, M. A. & Reveal, J. L. 2011. Dermatophyllum, the correct name for Calia (Fabaceae). Phytoneuron 2011-57: 1–4.
  • Weakley, A. S., LeBlond, R. J., Sorrie B. A., Witsell, C. T., Estes, L. D., Gandhi, K. N., Matthews, K. G., & Ebihara, A. New Combinations, Rank Changes, and Nomenclatural and Taxonomic Comments in the Vascular Flora of the Southestern United States. J. Bot. Res. Inst. Texas 5(2): 437-55.
  • Previous years

  • Gandhi, K. N. & Zarucchi, J. L. 2010: Lectotypification of Geum aleppicum var. strictum Fernald (Rosaceae) Harvard Pap. Bot. 15(1): 189-190. 2010.
  • Gandhi, K. N. & Reveal, J. L. 2010: Twenty four proposals to amend the International Code of Botanical Nomenclature. Taxon 59(6): 000-000.
  • McNeill, J., Wiersema, J. H. & Gandhi, K. N. 2010. The complex nomenclature of Panicum sect. or subg. Agrostoidea and of P. agrostoides. Taxon 59(5): 1581-1584.
  • Gandhi, K. N., Reveal, J. L. & Brouillet, L. 2009: Proposal to conserve the names Prunus serotina and P. virginiana (Rosaceae) with conserved types. Taxon 58: 312-314.
  • Gandhi, K. N. & Zarucchi, J. L. 2009: Validation of Rhododendron minus var. chapmanii (Ericaceae). Harvard Pap. Bot. 14(1): 1.
  • Reveal, J. L., Gandhi, K. N. & Wiersema, J. W. 2009: Proposal to conserve the name Thaspium (Umbelliferae/Apiaceae). Taxon 58(3): 14.
  • Gandhi, K. N. & Shrestha, U. B. 2008: Iseilema hackelii, A New Name for I. laxum Hack. 1889 (Poaceae). Harvard Pap. Bot. 13(2): 295-296.
  • Weakley, A. S. & Gandhi, K. N. 2008: Recognition of three taxa of eastern North American "WALDSTEINIA" and their appropriate names when incorporated into Geum (Colurieae: Rosaceae). J. Bot. Res. Inst. Texas 2(1): 415-418.
  • Peters, M. D., Gandhi, K. N. & Ormerod, P. 2007: The Typification of Cypripedium franchetii (Orchidaceae). Harvard Pap. Bot. 12(2): 483-484.
  • Gandhi, K. N. 2006. Proposal to conserve the name Adenophyllum (Asteraceae). . Taxon 55(2): 533-534.
  • Gandhi, K. N. 2006. Proposal to conserve the name Picradeniopsis (Asteraceae) with a conserved type. Taxon 55(1): 233-234.
  • Turner, I. M. & Gandhi, K. N. 2005. A correction in Cleistocalyx (Myrtaceae). Gard. Bull. Singapore 57: 25-27
  • Reveal, J. L., Gandhi, K. N. & Nicolson, D. H. 2004: The demise of the name Astragalus tenellus Pursh (Fabaceae). Taxon 53(4): 1055-1058.
  • Semple, J. C. & Gandhi, K. N. 2004. Solidago sect. Ptarmicoides, a new combination to replace a "rankles" name used by Torrey and A. Gray (Asteraceae: Astereae). Sida 21(2): 755-757.
  • Gandhi, K. N., Young, S. M. & Somers, P. 2003. A Reassement of the Taxonomy of Liatris borealis Nutt. ex J. McNab and Lacinaria scariosa var. novae-angliae Lunell (Asteraceae). Taxon 52(2): 313-318.
  • Gandhi, K. N. & Padayatty, S. J. 2002. Nomenclature in Indian plant taxonomy. Pp. 291-304. In: A. P. Das (ed.), Perspectives of Plant Biodiversity. Bishen Singh Mahendra Pal Singh Publishers, Dehra Dun, India. 768 pages.
  • Gandhi, K. N., Wiersema, J. H. & Soreng, R. J. 2001. Proposal to conserve the name Bouteloua gracilis (Kunth) Griffiths against B. gracilis Vasey (Poaceae). Taxon 50(2): 573-575.
  • Gandhi, K. N. 1999. Nomenclatural novelties for the Western Hemisphere Plants-II. Harvard Pap. Bot. 4(1): 295-299.
  • Gandhi, K. N. 1996 Nomenclatural Novelties for the Western Hemisphere Plants - I. Harvard Pap. Bot.8: 63-65.
  • Gandhi, K. N. & Smeins, F. E. 1996. Four new combinations and one neotypification in Schizachyrium (Poaceae). Harvard Pap. Bot. 8: 67-68.
  • Kartesz, J. T. & Gandhi, K. N. 1995. Nomenclatural notes for the North American flora - XIV. Phytologia 78: 1-17.
  • Dutton, B. E., Reveal, J. L. Keener, C. S. & Gandhi, K. N. 1995. Proposal to conserve the orthography of Anemone narcissiflora L Taxon 44: 421-422.
  • Kartesz, J. T. & Gandhi, K. N. 1994: Nomenclatural notes for the North American flora - XIII. Phytologia 76: 441-457.
  • Gandhi, K. N. & Dutton, B. E. 1993. Erianthus giganteus (Walt.) P. Beauv.: The Correct name in Erianthus for Anthoxanthum giganteum Walt. Taxon 42: 855-856..
  • Kartesz, J. T. & Gandhi, K. N. 1992. Nomenclatural notes for the North American flora - IX. Phytologia 72: 17-30.
  • Gandhi, K. N. & Thomas, R. D. 1991. Additions and corrections to the Asteraceae of Louisiana. Sida 14(3): 514-517.
  • Gandhi, K. N. & Fryxell, P. A. 1990. Nomenclatural note on Eupatorium fistulosum (Asteraceae). Sida 14: 129-131.
  • Hatch, S. L., Gandhi, K. N. & Brown, L. E. 1990. Checklist of the Vascular Plants of Texas. Texas Agricultural Communication, Misc. Pub. 1655. 157 pages.
  • Gandhi, K. N. & Thomas, R. D. 1989. Asteraceae of Louisiana. Sida Botanical Miscellany No. 4. 285 pages.
  • Gandhi, K. N. & Hatch, S. L. 1988. Nomenclatural changes in Acalypha (Euphorbiaceae) and Chamaecrista (Fabaceae). Sida 13: 122 123.
  • Gandhi, K. N., Thomas, R. D. & Hatch, S. L. 1987. Cuscutaceae of Louisiana. Sida 12: 361 379
  • Gandhi, K. N. & Thomas, R. D. 1984. The Anthemideae and Senecioneae (Asteraceae) of Louisiana. Phytologia 56: 199 248.
  • Gandhi, K. N. & Thomas, R. D. 1983. Variations in the floral structures of Cuscuta L. Phytologia 53: 184 186.
  • Saldanha, C. J. & Nicolson, D. H. (eds.). 1976. Flora of Hassan District, Karnataka, India. With contributions by ... K. N. Gandhi ... Published for the Smithsonian Institution and the National Science Foundation, Washington DC. by Amerind Publishing Co., Pvt. Ltd., New Delhi (India). 915 pages.