Thomas Robert Soderstrom

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Cleofe Calderon and Thomas Soderstrom examining bamboo samples in the National Museum of Natural History, 1977

Thomas Robert Soderstrom (9 January 1936 Chicago – 1 September 1987) [1] was an American agrostologist His special field of study was the grass family Gramineae or Poaceae. He was Curator of Grasses at the National Museum of Natural History in Washington, DC for some twenty years.

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Poaceae family of plants

Poaceae or Gramineae is a large and nearly ubiquitous family of monocotyledonous flowering plants known as grasses, commonly referred to collectively as grass. Poaceae includes the cereal grasses, bamboos and the grasses of natural grassland and cultivated lawns and pasture. Grasses have stems that are hollow except at the nodes and narrow alternate leaves borne in two ranks. The lower part of each leaf encloses the stem, forming a leaf-sheath. With around 780 genera and around 12,000 species, Poaceae are the fifth-largest plant family, following the Asteraceae, Orchidaceae, Fabaceae and Rubiaceae.

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In 1957 Soderstrom graduated from the University of Illinois with a BSc in Biology, and enrolled at the graduate school at Yale University, earning a Master of Science in Biology the following year and a PhD in Botany 1961. He joined the National Museum in 1960 as assistant curator. He became an authority on the taxonomy and biology of bamboos, publishing about 40 titles and undertaking lecture tours in numerous countries, most notably at the 1985 International Bamboo Conference held in Puerto Rico. His field work covered parts of Latin America, Africa, and Asia. Not only was he a founder member of the Association of Tropical Biology, but was also a fellow of the Linnean Society, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and an honorary associate of the Botanical Society of Brazil. Despite poor health he undertook the organising of the First International Grass Symposium held at the Smithsonian in July 1986. [2] A collaborator of his was Cleofé E. Calderón (1929–2007), the Argentinian-born agrostologist. [3]

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He is commemorated in Soderstromia , Ilex soderstromii, Anthurium soderstromii, Lessingianthus soderstromii, Vriesea soderstromii, Ouratea soderstromii, Cryptochloa soderstromii, Ocellochloa soderstromii, Poa soderstromii, Raddia soderstromii.

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The standard author abbreviation Soderstr. is used to indicate this person as the author when citing a botanical name. [4]

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<i>Otatea</i> genus of plants

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Bambuseae tribe of plants

The Bambuseae are the most diverse tribe of bamboos in the grass family (Poaceae). It consists of woody species from tropical regions, including some giant bamboos. Their sister group are the small herbaceous bamboos from the tropics in tribe Olyreae, while the temperate woody bamboos (Arundinarieae) are more distantly related. The Bambuseae fall into two clades, corresponding to species from the Neotropics and from the Paleotropics.

Arundinarieae tribe of plants

Arundinarieae is a tribe of bamboo in the grass family (Poaceae), placed in its own supertribe Arundinarodae and containing a single subtribe, Arundinariinae, and 30 genera. These woody bamboos occur in areas with warm temperate climates in southeastern North America, Subsaharan Africa, South Asia and East Asia. The tribe forms a lineage independent of the tropical woody bamboos (Bambuseae) and the tropical herbaceous bamboos (Olyreae).

Alvimia is a Brazilian genus of bamboo in the grass family. It is native to the eastern coastal regions of the State of Bahia in eastern Brazil.

  1. Alvimia auriculataSoderstr. & Londoño
  2. Alvimia gracilisSoderstr. & Londoño
  3. Alvimia lancifoliaSoderstr. & Londoño

Eremocaulon is a genus of Brazilian bamboo in the grass family).

  1. Eremocaulon amazonicumLondoño - Acre, Amazonas, Rondônia
  2. Eremocaulon asymmetricum(Soderstr. & Londoño) Londoño - Bahia
  3. Eremocaulon aureofimbriatumSoderstr. & Londoño - Bahia, Minas Gerais
  4. Eremocaulon capitatum(Trin.) Londoño - Goiás, Mato Grosso, Mato Grosso do Sul

Filgueirasia is a genus of Brazilian bamboo in the grass family.

Piresiella is a genus of Cuban bamboo in the grass family. The only known species is Piresiella strephioides, found in palm savannahs and streambanks in the lowlands of western Cuba.

Raddiella is a genus of Neotropical plants in the grass family native to South America, Panama and Trinidad.

  1. Raddiella esenbeckii(Steud.) C.E.Calderón ex Soderstr. - Brazil, Bolivia, Colombia, Venezuela, French Guiana, Suriname, Guyana, Trinidad, Panama
  2. Raddiella kaieteuranaSoderstr. - Venezuela (Bolívar), Suriname, Guyana, Brazil (Pará)
  3. Raddiella lunataZuloaga & Judz. - Rondônia, Mato Grosso
  4. Raddiella malmeana(Ekman) Swallen - Pará, Mato Grosso
  5. Raddiella minimaJudz. & Zuloaga - Pará, Mato Grosso
  6. Raddiella molliculma(Swallen) C.E.Calderón ex Soderstr. - Caquetá
  7. Raddiella potaroensisSoderstr. - Venezuela (Bolívar), Guyana
  8. Raddiella vanessiaeJudz. - French Guiana

Anomochloa is a genus of Brazilian plants in the grass family, the only genus in the tribe Anomochloeae.

Cryptochloa is a genus of Neotropical plants in the grass family, widespread across much of Mexico, Central America, and South America.

  1. Cryptochloa capillata(Trin.) Soderstr. - French Guiana, Brazil
  2. Cryptochloa concinna(Hook.f.) Swallen - Colombia, Central America, southern Mexico
  3. Cryptochloa decumbensSoderstr. & Zuloaga - Panama
  4. Cryptochloa dressleriSoderstr. - Panama
  5. Cryptochloa soderstromiiDavidse - Panama
  6. Cryptochloa strictiflora(E.Fourn.) Swallen - Central America, southern Mexico, Ecuador
  7. Cryptochloa unispiculataSoderstr. - Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Brazil (Acre)
  8. Cryptochloa varianaSwallen - Honduras, Panama, Colombia

Tatianyx is a genus of plants in the grass family. The only known species is Tatianyx arnacites, native to the States of Bahia, Goiás, Mato Grosso, Minas Gerais, and Pará.

<i>Olyra</i> (plant) genus of plants

Olyra is a genus of tropical bamboos in the grass family. It is native primarily to the Western Hemisphere, with one species extending into Africa.

  1. Olyra amapanaSoderstr. & Zuloaga - Brazil(Amapá, Rondônia, Amazonas), Venezuela (Amazonas))
  2. Olyra bahiensisR.P.Oliveira & Longhi-Wagner - Bahia
  3. Olyra buchtieniiHack. - Peru, Bolivia
  4. Olyra caudataTrin. - Trinidad & Tobago, Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia, Venezuela, Guyana, Suriname, French Guiana, Brazil, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador
  5. Olyra ciliatifoliaRaddi - Trinidad & Tobago, Colombia, Venezuela, Guyana, Suriname, French Guiana, Brazil, Bolivia, Paraguay, Argentina
  6. Olyra davidseanaJudz. & Zuloaga - Brazil
  7. Olyra ecaudataDöll - Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia, Venezuela, Guyana, Suriname, French Guiana, Brazil, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador
  8. Olyra fasciculataTrin. - Brazil, Peru, Bolivia, Paraguay, Argentina
  9. Olyra filiformisTrin. - Bahia
  10. Olyra glaberrimaRaddi - Mexico, Central America, Peru, Brazil, Paraguay
  11. Olyra holttumianaSoderstr. & Zuloaga - Panama
  12. Olyra humilisNees - Brazil, Paraguay, Argentina
  13. Olyra juruanaMez - Brazil, Peru
  14. Olyra latifoliaL. - tropical Africa, Comoros, Madagascar, Americas
  15. Olyra latispiculaSoderstr. & Zuloaga - Bahia
  16. Olyra longifoliaKunth - tropical South America
  17. Olyra loretensisMez - Bolivia, Colombia, Peru, Brazil
  18. Olyra maranonensisSwallen - Peru
  19. Olyra obliquifoliaSteud. - Suriname, French Guiana, Brazil
  20. Olyra retrorsaSoderstr. & Zuloaga - Mato Grosso
  21. Olyra standleyiHitchc. - Costa Rica, Panama, Venezuela, Colombia
  22. Olyra tamanquareanaSoderstr. & Zuloaga - Brazil (Amazonas)
  23. Olyra taquaraSwallen - Brazil
  24. Olyra wurdackiiSwallen - Venezuela (Amazonas), Brazil (Amazonas)
<i>Parodiolyra</i> genus of plants

Parodiolyra is a genus of Neotropical plants in the grass family.

  1. Parodiolyra aratitiyopensisJ.R.Grande - Venezuela (Amazonas)
  2. Parodiolyra colombiensisDavidse & Zuloaga - Colombia (Caquetá)
  3. Parodiolyra lateralis(J.Presl ex Nees) Soderstr. & Zuloaga - Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia, Venezuela, Guyana, Suriname, Ecuador, Peru, Brazil
  4. Parodiolyra luetzelburgii(Pilg.) Soderstr. & Zuloaga - Brazil, Colombia, Venezuela, Guyana, Suriname, French Guiana
  5. Parodiolyra micrantha(Kunth) Davidse & Zuloaga - Brazil, Colombia, Venezuela, Guyana, Suriname, French Guiana, Peru, Bolivia, Argentina, Paraguay
  6. Parodiolyra ramosissima(Trin.) Soderstr. & Zuloaga - Brazil (Bahia)

Ekmanochloa is a genus of plants in the grass family. endemic to Cuba.

Maclurolyra is a genus of Neotropical plants in the grass family. The only known species is Maclurolyra tecta, native to Panamá and Colombia.

BOP clade

The BOP clade (sometimes BEP clade) is one of two major lineages (or clades) of undefined taxonomic rank in the grasses (Poaceae), containing more than 5,400 species, about half of all grasses. Its sister group is the PACMAD clade; contrary to many species of that group who have evolved C4 photosynthesis, the BOP grasses all use the C3 photosynthetic pathway.

Cleofé Calderón botanist

Cleofé Elsa Calderón was an Argentine botanist.

Olyreae tribe of plants

Olyreae is a tribe of grasses in the bamboo subfamily (Bambusoideae). Unlike the other two bamboo tribes, Olyreae are herbaceous and do not have a woody stem. Their sister group are the tropical woody bamboos (Bambuseae).

Paniceae tribe of plants

Paniceae is a large tribe of the Panicoideae subfamily in the grasses (Poaceae), the only in the monotypic supertribe Panicodae. It includes roughly 1,500 species in 84 genera, primarily found in tropical and subtropical regions of the world. Paniceae includes species using either of the C4 and C3 photosynthetic pathways, as well as presumably intermediate species. Most of the millets are members of tribe Paniceae.


  1. Soderstrom, Thomas R. (1988). "Aulonemia Fulgor (Poaceae: Bambusoideae), a New Species from Mexico". Brittonia. 40 (1): 22–31. doi:10.2307/2806870. JSTOR   2806870.
  4. IPNI.  Soderstr.