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Dr. Norbert Kilian

Forschungsgruppe Asterales
Leiter, Forschungsgruppe Asterales
Norbert Kilian
+49 30 838 50129
+49 30 838-4 50129
Botanischer Garten und Botanisches Museum Berlin
Freie Universität Berlin
Königin-Luise-Straße 6-8


Forschung zur Phylogenie und Evolution an Asterales, Leitung der Forschungsgruppe Asterales

Kuration Wissenschaftshistorische Sammlung


Born 1957; studies of biology, psychology and history in Heidelberg and Berlin; 1988 diploma in biology, Freie Universität Berlin, with a thesis on the Asteraceae tribe Cichorieae on the Cape Verde Islands, W Africa; 1996, doctorate, Freie Universität Berlin, with a dissertation on the taxonomy of Launaea Cass. (Asteraceae, Cichorieae, Sonchinae); Mar 1993–May 2013, head Library, Archives and Publications at the BGBM Berlin and editor of "Willdenowia"; since Jun 2013, head Research Group Asterales and interim head of Library and Archives at the BGBM Berlin.

Mandate in wissenschaftlichen Gremien und Komitees

Elected member (since 2011) of the Nomenclatural Committee for Vascular Plants (established under the auspices of the International Association for Plant Taxonomy, IAPT)

Mitgliedschaft in wissenschaftlichen Gesellschaften

International Association for Plant Taxonomy (IAPT)
Gesellschaft für Biologische Systematik (GfBS)

Papers in peer reviewed journals (published and in press)

  • Silakadze N., Mosulishvili M., Borsch T. & Kilian N. 2024: The polyphyletic Caucasus-centred Campanula subg. Scapiflorae (Campanulaceae) revisited with a newly circumscribed C. sect. Tridentatae for its core clade. – PhytoKeys 243: 149–184.
  • Escobari B., Borsch T. & Kilian N. 2023: Generic concepts and species diversity within the Gynoxyoid clade (Senecioneae, Compositae). – PhytoKeys 234: 61–106.
  • Zhang J.-W., Kilian N., Huang J.-H. & Sun H. 2023: Ixeridium sagittarioides (Asteraceae-Cichorieae) revisited: range extension and molecular evidence for its systematic position in the Lactuca alliance. – PhytoKeys 230: 115-130.
  • Hatami E., Jones K. E. & Kilian N. 2022: New insights into the relationships within subtribe Scorzonerinae (Cichorieae, Asteraceae) using hybrid capture phylogenomics (Hyb-Seq). – Frontiers Pl. Sci. 13(851716): 1-29.
  • Güzel M., Kilian N., Sennikov A., Coşkunçelebi K., Makbul S., Gültepe M. 2022: Caucasoseris, a new genus of subtribe Chondrillinae (Asteraceae: Cichorieae) for the enigmatic Prenanthes abietina. – Willdenowia 52: 103-115.
  • Kohlbecker A., Güntsch A., Kilian N., Kusber W.-H., Luther K., Müller A., Raab-Straube E. von & Berendsohn W. 2021: A pragmatic approach to concept-based annotation of scientific names in biodiversity and environmental research data. – Lecture Notes Informatics, Proceedings 314: 539-546.
  • Yin Z.-J., Wang Z.-H., Kilian N., Liu Y., Peng H. & Zhao M.X. 2021: Mojiangia oreophila (Crepidinae, Cichorieae, Asteraceae), a new species and genus from Mojiang County, SW Yunnan, China, and putative successor of the maternal Faberia ancestor. – Pl. Diversity https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pld.2021.06.007
  • Baldesi G. & Kilian N. 2021: A new gypsicolous species of Launaea (Asteraceae, Cichorieae) from north Somalia. – Phytotaxa 501: 195-200(Link ist extern).
  • Kilian N. & Al-Fatimi M. 2021: The identity of a succulent Euphorbia shrub in southern Yemen with spirally twisted branches. – Euphorbia World 17: 5-12.
  • Güzel M. E., Coşkunçelebi K., Kilian N., Makbul S. & Gültepe M. 2021: Phylogeny and systematics of the Lactucinae (Asteraceae) focusing on their SW Asian centre of diversity. – Pl. Syst. Evol. 307, 7: 1-14.
  • Wang Z.-H., Kilian N., Chen Y.-P. & Peng H. 2020: Sinoseris (Crepidinae, Cichorieae, Asteraceae), a new genus of three species endemic to China, one of them new to science. – Willdenowia 50: 91–110.
  • Zaika M. A., Kilian N., Jones K., Krinitsina A. A., Nilova M. V., Speranskaya A. S. & Sukhorukov A. P. 2020: Scorzonera sensu lato (Asteraceae, Cichorieae) – taxonomic reassessment in the light of new molecular phylogenetic and carpological analyses. – PhytoKeys 137: 1-85.
  • Silakadze N., Kilian N., Korotkova N., Mosulishvili M. & Borsch T. 2019: Multiple evolutionary origins of high mountain bellflowers with solitary flowers and calyx scales render a core Caucasian clade of the Scapiflorae group (Campanulaceae). – Syst. Biodiv.  https://doi.org/10.1080/14772000.2019.1679273
  • Jones K. E., Fér T., Schmickl R. E., Dikow R. B., Funk V. A., Herrando‐Moraira S., Johnston P. R., Kilian N., Siniscalchi C. M., Susanna A., Slovák M., Thapa R., Watson L. E. & Mandel J. R. 2019: An empirical assessment of a single family‐wide hybrid capture locus set at multiple evolutionary timescales in Asteraceae. – Appl. Pl. Sci.  https://doi.org/10.1002/aps3.11295
  • Lack H. W., Rabe K. & Kilian N. 2019: The Reuss herbarium [De herbario berolinensi notulae No. 56]. – Willdenowia 49: 197–208.
  • Jones K. E., Schilling E. E., Dias E. F. & Kilian N. 2018: Northern Hemisphere disjunctions in Lactuca (Cichorieae, Asteraceae): independent Eurasia to North America migrations and allopolyploidization. – Willdenowia 48: 259–284.
  • Yin Z.-J., Kilian N., Li B.-Z., Sun H.-Y., Zhao M.-X. & Wang Z.-H. 2018: A new species of Melanoseris (Lactucinae, Cichorieae, Asteraceae) from SW Xizang, China, based on morphological and molecular data. – Phytotaxa 357: 189–197.
  • Henning T., Plitzner P., Güntsch A., Berendsohn W. G., Müller A. & Kilian N. 2018: Building compatible and dynamic character matrices – Current and future use of specimen-based character data. – Bot. Lett. https://doi.org/10.1080/23818107.2018.1452791
  • Güzel M. E., Kilian N., Gültepe M., Kandemır A. & Coşcunçuncelebı K. 2018: Contributions to the taxonomy of Lactuca (Asteraceae) in Turkey. – Turk. J. Bot. 42: 197–207.
  • Dias E. F., Kilian N., Silva L., Schaefer H., Carine M., Rudall P. J., Santos-Guerra A., Moura M. 2018: Phylogeography of the Macaronesian lettuce species Lactuca watsoniana and L. palmensis (Asteraceae). – Biochem. Genet. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10528-018-9847-8
  • Plitzner P., Henning T., Müller A., Güntsch A., Karam N., Kilian N. 2017: Bottom-up taxon characterisations with shared knowledge: describing specimens in a semantic context. – CEUR Workshop Proceedings 1933
  • Oberprieler C., Ott T., Hipper A., Kilian N., Bog M., Tomasello S. & Meister J. 2017: Pleistocene shaping of genetic diversity in a monsoon‑affected environment: the case of Gymnosporia (Celastraceae) in the southern Arabian Peninsula. — Pl. Syst. Evol. DOI 10.1007/s00606-017-1464-1
  • Kilian N., Hand R., Hadjikyriakou G. N., Christodoulou C. S. & Bou Dagher-Kharrat M. 2017: Astartoseris (Cichorieae, Asteraceae), a new, systematically isolated monospecific genus accommodating Lactuca triquetra endemic to Lebanon and Cyprus. — Willdenowia 47: 115–125.
  • Kilian N., Sennikov A., Wang Z.-H., Gemeinholzer B. & Zhang J.-W. 2017: Sub-Paratethyan origin and Middle to Late Miocene principal diversification of the Lactucinae (Cichorieae, Compositae) inferred from molecular phylogenetics, divergence-dating and biogeographic analysis. – Taxon 66: 675-703.
  • Mandel J. R, Barker M. S., Bayer R. J., Dikow R. B, Gao T., Jones K. E., Keeley S., Kilian N., Ma H., Siniscalchi C. M., Susanna A., Thapa R., Watson L.  & Funk V. A. 2017: The Compositae Tree of Life in the age of phylogenomics. – J. Syst. Evol. DOI: 10.1111/jse.12265. Full text
  • Doostmohammadi M. & Kilian N. 2017: Lactuca pumila (Asteraceae, Cichorieae) revisited—additional evidence for a phytogeographical link between SE Zagros and Hindu Kush. – Phytotaxa 307: 133–140.
  • Kilian N., Galbany-Casals M., Sommerer R., Oberprieler C., Smissen R., Miller A. & Rabe K. 2017: Systematics of Libinhania, a new endemic genus of Gnaphalieae (Asteraceae) from the Socotra archipelago (Yemen), inferred from plastid, low-copy nuclear and nuclear ribosomal DNA loci. – Bot. J. Linn. Soc. 183: 373-412.
  • Jones, K. E., Korotkova N., Petersen J., Henning T., Borsch T. & Kilian N. 2017: Dynamic diversification history with rate upshifts in Holarctic bell-flowers (Campanula and allies). – Cladistics 33: doi: 10.1111/cla.12187
  • Zhang J.W., Kilian N., Deng T., Souliya O. & Sun H. 2016: Melanoseris henryi (Asteraceae-Cichorieae) revisited: a new record of genus and species from the flora of Lao PDR with its systematic position. – J. Jap. Bot. 91 (Special Issue): 107–114.
  • Monge M., Kilian N., Anderberg A. A. & Semir J. 2016: Two new records of Lactuca L. (Cichorieae, Asteraceae) in South America. – Revista Brasil. Bioci. 14: 117–123.
  • Kadereit J. W., Albach D. C., Ehrendorfer F., Galbany-Casals M., Garcia-Jacas N., Gehrke B., Kadereit G., Kilian N., Klein J. T., Koch M. A., Kropf M., Oberprieler C., Pirie M. D., Ritz C. M., Röser M., Spalik K., Susanna A., Weigend M., Welk E., Wesche K., Zhang L.-B. & Dillenberger M. S. 2016: Which changes are needed to render all genera of the German flora monophyletic? – Willdenowia 46: 39–91.
  • Al-Fatimi M., Ali N. A.A., Kilian N., Franke K., Arnold N., Kuhnt C., Schmidt J. & Lindquist U. 2016: Ethnobotany, chemical constituents and biological activities of the flowers of Hydnora abyssinica A.Br. (Hydnoraceae). – Pharmazie 71: 222-226
  • Kilian N., Henning T., Plitzner P., Müller A., Güntsch A., Stöver B. C., Müller K. F., Berendsohn W. G. & Borsch T. 2015: Sample data processing in an additive and reproducible taxonomic workflow by using character data persistently linked to preserved individual specimens. – Database 2015: bav094 http:/dx.doi.org/10.1093/database/bav094
  • Wang Z.-H., Kilian N. & Peng H. 2015: Notes on Melanoseris lessertiana (Lactucinae, Asteraceae) and morphologically allied species in the Pan-Himalayan Region. – Pl. Diversity Resources 37: 401–406.
  • Borsch T., Hernández-Ledesma P., Berendsohn W. G.,  Flores-Olvera H., Ochoterena H., Zuloaga F. O., Mering, S. von & Kilian N. 2015: An integrative and dynamic approach for monographing species-rich plant groups – building the global synthesis of the angiosperm order Caryophyllales. – Perspectives Pl. Ecol. Evol. Syst. 17: 284–300.
  • Wang Z.-H., Peng H., Kilian N. 2013: Molecular phylogeny of the Lactuca alliance (Cichorieae subtribe Lactucinae, Asteraceae) with focus on their Chinese centre of diversity detects potential events of reticulation and chloroplast capture. PLoS ONE 8(12): e82692.
  • Marhold K. & Stuessy T. (ed.) in collaboration with Agababian M., Agosti D., Alford M. H., Crespo A., Crisci J. V., Dorr L. J., Ferencová Z., Frodin D., Geltman D. V., Kilian N., Linder H. P., Lohmann L. G., Oberprieler C., Penev L., Smith G. F., Thomas W., Tulig M., Turland N. & Zhang X.-C. 2013: The future of botanical monography: Report from an international workshop, 12–16 March 2012, Smolenice, Slovak Republic. – Taxon 62: 4–20.
  • Tremetsberger K., Gemeinholzer B., Zetzsche H., Blackmore S., Kilian N. & Talavera S. [online: 2012; print: 2013]: Divergence time estimation in Cichorieae (Asteraceae) using a fossil-calibrated relaxed molecular clock. – Org. Divers. Evol. 13: 1–13.
  • Kilian N., Djavadi S. B. & Eskandari M. 2012: Two new mountainous species of Lactuca (Cichorieae, Asteraceae)from Iran, one presenting a new, possibly myrmecochorous achene variant. – PhytoKeys 11: 61–77.
  • Kilian N., Galbany-Casals M. & Oberprieler C. 2010: Helichrysum nicolai (Compositae, Gnaphalieae), systematics of a new dwarf local endemic of the Cape Verde Islands, W Africa. – Folia Geobot. 45: 183–199.
  • Kilian N. 2010: Dicoma chatanensis sp. nov. (Compositae) from Yemen, and notes on the other species of Dicomeae on the Arabian Peninsula and Socotra. – Nordic J. Bot. 28: 58–64.
  • Kefalas K. & Kilian N. 2009: Lactuca undulata Ledeb. – [In: Hand, R. (ed.), Supplementary notes to the flora of Cyprus VI]. – Willdenowia 39: 314–315.
  • Oberprieler, C., Meister, J. Schneider, C. & Kilian, N. 2009: Genetic structure of Anogeissus dhofarica (Combretaceae) populations endemic to the monsoonal fog oases of the southern Arabian Peninsula. – Biol. J. Linn. Soc. 97: 40–51.
  • Kürschner H., Kilian N. & Hein P. 2008: The Tarchonantho camphoratae-Oleetum cuspidatae ass. nov. – an Afromontane evergreen sclerophyllous community of the Arabian Peninsula with strong relationships to E Africa. – Phytocoenologia 38: 85–106.
  • Enke N., Kilian N., Nemomissa S. & Gemeinholzer B. 2008: Afro-alpine Dianthoseris actually a congener of Crepis s.str. (Compositae, Cichorieae, Crepidinae). – Bot. Jahrb. Syst. 127: 389–405.
  • Mayo S. J., Allkin R., Baker W., Blagoderov V., Brake I., Clark B., Govaerts R., Godfray C., Haigh A., Hand R., Harman K., Jackson M., Kilian N., Kirkup D. W., Kitching I., Knapp S., Lewis G. P., Malcolm P., Raab-Straube E. von, Roberts D. M., Scoble M., Simpson D. A., Smith C., Smith V., Villalba S., Walley L. & Wilkin P. 2008: Alpha e-taxonomy: responses from the systematics community to the biodiversity crisis. – Kew Bull. 63: 1–16.
  • Meister J., Kilian N. & Oberprieler C. 2008 ["2007"]: Genetic structure of Euclea schimperi (Ebenaceae) populations in monsoonal fog oases of the southern Arabian Peninsula. – Nordic J. Bot. 25: 217–226.
  • Kilian N. & Gemeinholzer P. 2007: Studies in the Compositae of the Arabian Peninsula and Socotra – 7. Erythroseris, a new genus and the previously unknown sister group of Cichorium (Cichorieae subtribe Cichoriinae). – Willdenowia 37: 283–296.
  • Kilian N. & Hein P. 2006: New and noteworthy records for the vascular plant flora of Socotra Island, Yemen. – Pp. 57–77 in: Kilian, N. & Hubaishan, M. A. (ed.), Biodiversity of Socotra: forests, woodlands and bryophytes. – Englera 28.
  • Kürschner H., Kilian N., Hein P. & Mukram A. 2006: The Adenio obesi-Sterculietum africanae, a relic Arabian mainland community vicarious to the Socotran Adenium-Sterculia woodland. – Pp. 79–96 in: Kilian N. & Hubaishan M. A. (ed.), Biodiversity of Socotra: forests, woodlands and bryophytes. – Englera 28.
  • Kürschner H., Hein P., Kilian N. & Hubaishan M. A. 2006: Diversity and zonation of the forests and woodlands of the mountains of northern Socotra, Yemen. – Pp. 11–55 in: Kilian N. & Hubaishan M. A. (ed.), Biodiversity of Socotra: forests, woodlands and bryophytes. – Englera 28.
  •  Meister J. , Hubaishan M. A., Kilian N. & Oberprieler C. 2006: Temporal and spatial diversification of the shrub Justicia areysiana Deflers (Acanthaceae) endemic to the monsoon affected coastal mountains of the southern Arabian Peninsula. – Pl. Syst. Evol. 262: 153–171.
  • Thiv M., Thulin M., Kilian N. & Linder H. P. 2006: Eritreo-Arabian affinities of the Socotran flora as revealed from the molecular phylogeny of Aerva (Amaranthaceae). – Syst. Bot. 31: 560–570.
  • Kilian N., Kürschner H. & Hein P. 2006: Euphorbia greuteri (Euphorbiaceae), a new single-spined succulent from the foothills of Jabal Urays, Abyan, Yemen. – Willdenowia 36 (1-Special Issue): 441–446.
  • Danin A. & Kilian N. 2005: Dyssodia tenuiloba (DC.) B. L. Rob. – [In: Greuter W. & Raus T. (ed.), Med-Checklist notulae, 23]. – Willdenowia 35: 57–58.
  • Meister J., Hubaishan M. A., Kilian N. & Oberprieler C. 2005: Chloroplast DNA variation in the shrub Justicia areysiana (Acanthaceae) endemic to the monsoon affected mountains of the southern Arabian Peninsula. – Bot. J. Linn. Soc. 148: 437–444.
  • Kilian N. & Hand R. 2004: Lactuca triquetra. – [In: Hand R. (ed.), Supplementary notes to the flora of Cyprus IV]. – Willdenowia 34: 441–444.
  • Danin A. & Kilian N. 2004: Arctotheca calendula (L.) Levyns. [In: Greuter W. & Raus T. (ed.), Med-Checklist notulae, 22]. – Willdenowia 34: 73.
  • Kilian N., Hein P. & Hubaishan M. A. (ed.) 2004: Further notes on the flora of the southern coastal mountains of Yemen. – Willdenowia 34: 159–182.
  • Kilian N. & Greuter W. 2004: Sonchus esperanzae, nom. nov. (Compositae, Cichorieae). –  Willdenowia 34: 65–66.
  • Kürschner H., Hein P., Kilian N. & Hubaishan M. A. 2004: The Hybantho durae- Anogeissetum dhofaricae ass. nova – phytosociology, structure and ecology of an endemic South Arabian forest community. – Phytocoenologica 34: 569–612.
  • Parolly G. & Kilian N. 2003: Scorzonera karabelensis (Compositae), a new species from SW Anatolia, with a key to the subscapigerous Scorzonera species in Turkey. – Willdenowia 33: 327–335.
  • Kilian N., Hein P. & Bahah S. O. 2002: A new species of Campylanthus (Scrophulariaceae) from Ras Fartak, Al-Mahra, and notes on other species of the genus in Yemen. – Willdenowia 32: 271–279.
  • Kilian N., Hein P. & Hubaishan M. A. 2002: New and noteworthy records for the flora of Yemen, chiefly of Hadhramout and Al-Mahra. – Willdenowia 32: 239–269.
  • Kilian N. & Parolly G. 2002: Scorzonera ulrichii Parolly & N. Kilian, sp. nova. – [In: Greuter W. & Raus T. (ed.), Med-Checklist notulae, 21]. – Willdenowia 32: 198–200.
  • Kilian N. & Hubaishan M. A. 2002: Tephrosia dura, Leguminosae. – Curtis's Bot. Mag. 19: 241–246.
  • Kilian N. 2002: Checklist für die Asteraceae trib. Lactuceae exkl. Hieracium und Taraxacum. – [In: Starmühler W. (ed.), Vorarbeiten zu einer 'Flora von Istrien', Teil 5]. – Carinthia II 112: 550–551.
  • Kilian N. 2001: Lactuca stebbinsii (Lactuceae, Compositae), a puzzling new species from Angola. – Willdenowia 31: 71–78.
  • Kilian N. & Smalla B. 2001: Ageratum salvanaturae (Eupatorieae, Compositae), a new species from the National Park El Imposible, Ahuachapán, El Salvador. – Willdenowia 31: 137–140.
  • Kilian N. & Miller A. G. 2000: Studies in the Compositae of the Arabian Peninsula and Socotra – 5. Distephanus qazmi (Vernonieae, Gymnantheminae), a remarkable new species from the island of Socotra, Yemen. – Willdenowia 30: 83–91.
  • Lobin W. & Kilian N. 2000 ["1999"]: [Asteraceae]. – Pp. 8, 10–16, 18–19, 21 in: Lobin W., Über die von Eduard Rüppell in Ägypten und Abyssinien sowie auf der Sinai-Halbinsel gesammelten Pflanzen (Phanerogamae). – Courier Forschungsinst. Senckenberg 217: 5–28.
  • Kilian N. 1999: Pulicaria gabrielii and Iphionopsis oblanceolata (Compositae, Inuleae), two new species from NE Somalia. – Willdenowia 29: 115–121.
  • Kilian N. 1999: Studies in the Compositae of the Arabian Peninsula and Socotra – 1. Pulicaria gamal-eldinae sp. nova (Inuleae) bridges the gap between Pulicaria and former Sclerostephane (now P. sect. Sclerostephane). – Willdenowia 29: 167–185.
  • Kilian N. & Hein P. 1999: Studies in the Compositae of the Arabian Peninsula and Socotra – 2. Pulicaria samhanensis sp. nova (Inuleae) from Dhofar and notes on other S Arabian species of the genus. – Willdenowia 29: 187–196.
  • King-Jones [née Hunger] S. & Kilian N. 1999: Studies in the Compositae of the Arabian Peninsula and Socotra – 3. Pluchea aromatica Balf.f. from Socotra is actually a Pulicaria species (Inuleae). – Willdenowia 29: 197–202.
  • Kilian N. & Danin A. 1999: Gamochaeta pensylvanica (Willd.) Cabrera. – [In: Greuter W. & Raus T. (ed.), Med-Checklist Notulae, 18]. – Willdenowia 29: 53–54.
  • Gomes I., Gomes S., Kilian N., Leyens, T., Lobin, W. & Vera-Cruz, M.T. 1995: Notes on the flora of the Cape Verde Islands, W Africa. – Willdenowia 25: 177–196.
  • Lobin W., Leyens T., Kilian N., Erben M. & Lewejohann K. 1995: The genus Limonium (Plumbaginaceae) on the Cape Verde Islands, W Africa. – Willdenowia 25: 197–214.
  • Kilian N., Oberprieler C. & Vogt R. 1995: Chromosome numbers of North African phanerogams. V. Some counts in Launaea Cass. (Compositae, Lactuceae). – Willdenowia 25: 273–281.
  • Kilian N. & Leyens T. 1994: Limonium lobinii (Plumbaginaceae), a new species from Cape Verde Islands, W Africa. – Willdenowia 24: 59–63.
  • Kilian N. 1994: (1090) Proposal to conserve Chondrilla nudicaulis L. (Launaea nudicaulis (L.) Hook. f.; Compositae) with a conserved type. – Taxon 43: 297–298.
  • Kilian N. 1994: (1091) Proposal to conserve Scorzonera resedifolia L. (Launaea resedifolia (L.) Kuntze; Compositae) with a conserved type. – Taxon 43: 299–300.
  • Kilian N. 1994: (1092) Proposal ro reject Lactuca flava Forssk. (Compositae). – Taxon 43: 301.
  • Kilian N. 1988: Die Lactuceae (Compositae) der Kapverdischen Inseln (W-Afrika). – Willdenowia 18: 113–216.
  • Lobin W., Kilian N. & Hiemstra F. 1988: Ergänzungen und Korrekturen zu Hansen & Sunding, Flora of Macaronesia. Checklist of Vascular Plants, 3. ed. – Courier Forschungsinst. Senckenberg 105: 149–154.
  • Kilian N., Brochmann C. & Rustan Ø. H. 1987: Launaea thalassica (Asteraceae, Lactuceae), a new species from the Cape Verde Islands, W Africa. – Willdenowia 16: 491–496.

Book chapters and monographs (published and in press)

  • Kilian N. & Ghazanfar S. A. 2015: Asteraceae (Compositae). – Pp. 201–278, maps p. 348–374 in: Ghazanfar S. A., Flora of the Sultanate of Oman 3. – Scripta Bot. Belg. 55.
  • Duistermaat H., Gottschlich G., Kadereit J. W., Kilian N., Rottensteiner W. K., Uhlemann I., Vitek E., Vogt R. & Wagenitz G. 2014: Asteraceae Dumort. – Körbchenblütler. – Pp. 203–297 in: Rottensteiner W. K. (ed.), Exkursionsflora für Istrien. – Klagenfurt: Naturwissenschaftlicher Verein für Kärnten.
  • Shi Z., Ge X. J.; Kilian N., Kirschner J., Štěpánek J., Sukhorukov A. P., Mavrodiev E. V. & Gottschlich G. 2011: Cichorieae. – Pp. 195–353 in: Wu Z. Y., Raven P. H. & Hong D. Y. (ed.), Flora of China 20–21 (Asteraceae). – Beijing: Science Press & St Louis: Missouri Botanical Garden.
  • Kilian N., Gemeinholzer B. & Lack H. W. 2009: Cichorieae. Pp. 343–383 in: Funk V. A., Susanna A., Stuessy T. E. & Bayer R. J. (ed.), Systematics, evolution and biogeography of Compositae. – Vienna: IAPT.
  • Funk V. A., Anderberg A. A., Baldwin B. G., Bayer R. J., Bonifacino J. M., Breitwieser I., Brouillet L., Carbajal R., Chan R., Coutinho A. X. P., Crawford D. J., Crisi J. V., Dillon M. O., Freire S. E., Galbany-Casals M., Garcia-Jacas N., Gemeinholzer B., Gruenstaeudl M., Hansen H. V., Himmelreich S., Kadereit J. W., Källersjö M., Karaman-Castro V., Karis P.O., Katinas L., Keeley S. C., Kilian N., Kimball R. T., Lowrey T. K., Lundberg J., McKenzie R. J., Tadesse M., Mort M. E., Nordenstam B., Oberprieler C., Ortiz S., Pelser P. B., Randle C. P., Robinson H., Roque N., Sancho G., Semple J. C., Serrano M., Stuessy T. F., Susanna A., Unwin M., Urbatsch L., Urtubey E., Vallès J., Vogt R., Wagstaff S., Ward J., Watson L. E. 2009: Compositae metatrees: the next generation. – P. 747–777 in: Funk V. A., Susanna A., Stuessy T. E. & Bayer R. J. (ed.), Systematics, evolution and biogeography of Compositae. – Vienna: IAPT.
  • Kilian N. & Hubaishan M. A. (ed.) 2006: Biodiversity of Socotra. Forests, woodlands and bryophytes. – Englera 28, 175 pp.
  • Kilian N. & Hubaishan M. A. 2006: Introduction. – Pp. 7–9 in: Kilian N. & Hubaishan M. A. (ed.), Biodiversity of Socotra: forests, woodlands and bryophytes. – Englera 28.
  • Kilian N. 2006: Launaea Cass. – Pp. 481–485 in: Thulin M. (ed.), Flora of Somalia 3. – Kew.
  • Kilian N. 2005: Zentraleinrichtung Botanischer Garten und Botanisches Museum Berlin-Dahlem, Freie Universität Berlin. – Pp. 150–151 in: Hartmann S., Moortgat E. & Schulze S. (Ed.), Fotografie in Berlin, Museen - Archive - Bibliotheken. – Berlin.
  • Kilian N. 1997: Revision of Launaea Cass. (Compositae, Lactuceae, Sonchinae). – Englera 17, 478 pp.
  • Gomes I., Gomes S., Kilian N., Leyens T., Lobin W. & Vera-Cruz M. T. 1996: Lista Vermelha para as Angiospermicas (Angiospermae). – Pp. 43–62 in: Leyens T. & Lobin W. (ed.), Primeira Lista Vermelha de Cabo Verde. – Courier Forschungsinst. Senckenberg 193.
  • Brochmann C., Rustan Ø. H., Lobin W. & Kilian N. 1997: The endemic vascular plants of the Cape Verde Islands, W Africa. – Sommerfeltia 24, 356 pp.
  • Gomes I., Gomes S., Vera-Cruz M. T., Kilian N., Leyens T., Lobin W. 1995: Plantas endémicas e arvores indigenas de Cabo Verde, 32 pp. – Praia, Cape Verde Islands.
  • Greuter W., Brummitt R. K., Farr E. R., Kilian N., Kirk P. M. & Silva P. C. (compilers & ed.) 1993: Names in current use for extant plant genera. – Regnum Veg. 129.
  • Lack H. W. & Kilian N. 1991: Hypochoeris, Leontodon, Scorzonera, Sonchus, Lactuca, Cicerbita, Prenanthes, Mycelis, Chondrilla, Calycocorsus. – Pp. 524–540, 572–575 in: Strid A. & Tan K. (ed.), Mountain Flora of Greece 2. – Edinburgh: University Press.

Journals, not peer reviewed

  • Henning T., Plitzner P. & Kilian N. 2015: Neues Sample-Modul für Cybertaxonomie: Ein Workflow für integratives Probendatenhandling. – GfBS News 31: 30-31.
  • Kilian N. & Fischer K. 2004: Ein Feuerquirl aus Sokotra. – MuseumsJournal 18(3): 88.
  • Beard J. S. & Kilian N. 2003: Diels and Pritzel in Eastern Australia: further information on their travels of 1902. – Bull. Ecol. Soc. Australia 33: 31–33.
  • El-Mashjary M. S., Hein P. & Kilian N. 2001: The endangered fan palm Livistona carinensis in Yemen. – Yemeni J. Sci. 3(1): 21–25.
  • Kilian N. 1998: Die Pflanze im Buch, Blick in eine der bedeutendsten botanischen Spezialbibliotheken Europas. – FU Nachrichten 7/98: 10–11.

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