Dr Benny Bytebier is a plant taxonomist and currently the curator of the Bews Herbarium (NU). He hails from Belgium and has a biology degree from the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. He has been working and living in Africa since 1990. He was employed at the University of Nairobi and later at the East African Herbarium of the National Museums of Kenya, before moving to Stellenbosch in South Africa, where he did a PhD on the large African orchid genus Disa.
His main interest is systematics, evolution, biogeography and conservation of African orchids. He has done fieldwork in many countries in central, east and southern Africa. He is the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of East African Natural History.
Conservation of African orchids