Nonkululo Phephu

Nonkululo Phephu

I was born in Bizana, a small rural town of Eastern Cape province, South Africa. I started working on bryophytes in 2005 as an intern under the mentorship and leadership of Dr Jacques van Rooy (South African National Biodiversity Institute) until I was a full scientist. He allowed me to take off right away by involving me in bryophyte anatomy, taxonomy, field work, herbarium curation and scientific writing. He and the late Dr Sarie Perold have been very instrumental in shaping me into being one of the few active bryologists working on the Flora of southern Africa. Generally, bryophytes are not well-known here like vascular plants. I love bryology because it gives me a rare opportunity to promote the knowledge of this group of plants as well as to represent my country and continent in this field. At present I am a PhD candidate studying the endemic element of the bryophytes of southern Africa with the University of Witwatersrand. In my current occupation as a lecturer, I am fortunate to not only continue with bryology research but to also establish and preserve the relationship between the academic circles and the National Herbarium (PRE) which houses the largest bryophyte collection in Africa, and recruit the students to study these plants.

Ndazalelwa kwidolophana yase Bizana kwiphondo laseMpuma Koloni, eMzantsi Afrika. Ndaqala ukusebenza ngezityalo ezibizwa ngee ‘Bryophytes’ ngonyaka ka-2005, ndifundiswa ngu Dr Jacques van Rooy (South African National Biodiversity Institute) nongasekhoyo uDr Sarie Perold ndade ndaba sisazinzulu kwezi zityalo kule ngingqi yamazantsi e-Afrika. Ezi zityalo zincinci, ziluhlaza, zithanda ukukhula endaweni emanzi nenomthunzi. Azidumanga kwaye azazihoywanga njengezinye iintlobo zezityalo ezimbejembeje ngemibala. Ndiyakuthanda ukufunda ngazo kuba zindinike ithuba elinqabileyo lokwandisa ulwazi ngazo ebantwini, ndiphinde ndimele ilizwe lam kweli candelo. Okwangoku ndiyaqhubeka nezifundo zam neDyunivesithi yaseWits apho ndifundela isidanga sobugqirha kwezi zityalo. Ndikwaxelenga njengomhlohli apho ndikwaziyo ukuqhubeka nophando ngazo ii ‘Bryophytes’, ndiqinise nobudlelwane phakathi kwezemfundo neziko lophando ngezityalo iNational Herbarium (PRE).

List of publications:

  1. Norris D, Kraichak E, Risk A, Lucas D, Allard D, Rosengren F, Clark T, Fenton N, Tessler M, Phephu N, Lennette E. 2017. On the diversity and richness of understory bryophytes at Nectandra Cloud Forest Reserve, Costa Rica. Biodiversity Data Journal 5: e11778. https://doi.org/10.3897/BDJ.5.e11778
  2. Van Rooy, J. & Phephu, N. 2016. Centres of moss diversity in southern Africa. Bryophyte Diversity and Evolution.
  3. Phephu, N. & Van Rooy, J. 2015. Studies in the liverwort family Metzgeriaceae (Metzgeriales) from southern Africa. 3. The widespread species of Metzgeria. Telopea 18: 177–184.
  4. Jaca, T.P., Phephu, N. & Condy, G. 2015. Abutilon grandifolium. Flowering Plants of Africa 64: 76–83.
  5. Phephu, N. 2015. Plant of the Week: Triumfetta annua. www.plantzafrica.com
  6. Phephu, N. & Mona, I.G. 2015. Plant of the Week: Dombeya cymosa. www.plantzafrica.com
  7. Phephu, N. 2014. A taxonomic revision of Thuidiaceae (Bryophyta) in Africa and the East African islands. Dissertation (M.Sc.). Department of Library Services, University of Pretoria.
  8. Phephu, N. & Van Rooy, J. 2014. Studies in the liverwort family Metzgeriaceae (Metzgeriales) from southern Africa. 2. The African species. Telopea 17: 311–318.
  9. Phephu, N. 2014. Plant of the week: Cola greenwayi. www.plantzafrica.com
  10. Ellis, L.T. et al. (Phephu, N.). 2013. New national and regional bryophyte records, 37. Journal of Bryology 35(4): 290–305.
  11. Phephu, N. & Van Rooy, J. 2013. Studies in the liverwort family Metzgeriaceae (Metzgeriales) from southern Africa. 1. Metzgeria nudifrons Stephani and a key to the species. Polish Botanical Journal 58 (2): 449–455.
  12. Phephu, N., Van Rooy, J. & Van Wyk, A.E. 2013. New combinations and a key to the species of Pelekium Mitt. (Thuidiaceae) in sub-Saharan Africa and the East African Islands. Phytotaxa 84 (2): 60–64.
  13. Ellis, L.T. et al. (Phephu, N.). 2012. New national and regional bryophyte records, 32. Journal of Bryology 34(3):  231–246.
  14. Phephu, N. 2012. Plant of the Week: Marchantia berteroana. www.plantzafrica.com
15.  Phephu, N. 2012. Plant of the Week: Tamarix usneoides. www.plantzafrica.com  
16.  Phephu, N. & Van Rooy, J. 2011. Plant of the Week: Polytrichum commune. www.plantzafrica.com  
17.  Ellis, L T et al. (Phephu, N.). 2011. New national and regional bryophyte records, 27. Journal of Bryology 33 (2): 158–162.
  1. Van Rooy, J., Phephu, N. & Perold, S.M. 2011. New liverwort distribution records in South Africa. Bothalia 41: 185, 186.
  2. Phephu, N. & Van Rooy, J. 2011. Note on the Occurrence of Metzgeria saxbyi in southern Africa. Journal of Bryology 33(1): 85.
  3. Ellis, L.T. et al (Phephu, N.). 2010. New national and regional bryophyte records, 25. Journal of Bryology 32(4): 311–322. 
  1. Phephu, N. 2010. Plant of the Week: Haplocladium angustifolium. www.plantzafrica.com  
  2. Phephu, N. 2009. Abstract: Towards a Taxonomic Revision of the Thuidiaceae in Africa and the East African Islands. South African Journal of Botany Volume 75 (2): 416.
  3. Phephu, N. 2009. Plant of the Week: The genus Sphagnum. www.plantzafrica.com 
  4. Phephu, N. 2008. Plant of the Week: Bryum argenteum. www.plantzafrica.com 
  5. Winter, P.J.D., A.R. Magee, N. Phephu, P.M. Tilney, S.R. Downie, and B-E. van Wyk. 2008. A new generic classification for African peucedanoid species (Apiaceae). Taxon 57 (2): 347-364.