Charles Stirton

Joined: Dec 13, 2017 Last Active: Aug 24, 2019

I am a botanist interested in plants, insects, life’s journey, nature, landscapes, agriculture, gardening, rare animal breeds, heritage seeds, arts, poetry, history, philosophy, anthropology, comparative religion, cultures, and futures thinking. South African by birth I have lived in the UK since 1978.

I believe that there is an urgent challenge for humanity to establish an economically prudent, environmentally sustainable, socially just, socially responsible, and spiritually fulfilling presence on the planet as a new guiding principle for our time. We can do this by reflecting more on the importance of abundance, diversity, context, enquiry, love, possibility, quality, respect, reciprocity, raillery, dialogue, and relationships. I adopt a wellbeing and post post-modern (transmodern) approach to life and business (http://chstirton.wordpress.com/) and support innovation, aligned interest, and co-creativity.

I am interested in the evolution, biology, systematics and biogeography of the plant family Fabaceae (Leguminosae) with particular interests in Southern Africa and South & Central America and in the Tribes Psoraleeae, Phaseoleae and Sophoreae sensu lato. My long-term interests include aspects such as nocturnal leaf movements, diurnal and nocturnal flower movements, petal sculpturing patterns, flower colour polymorphism, invasive weeds and inter-organism relationships (endosymbiosis & pollination biology). The role of hybridization and polyploidy in plant evolution is of particular interest, especially related to the weed Lantana camara L. and to Rubus (Brambles) in Southern Africa.

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