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855. IRIS STOLONIFERA - Rix - 2017 - Curtis's Botanical Magazine. This unusually-coloured bearded Iris originates in central Asia, in the hills and mountains south of Samarkand.

855. IRIS STOLONIFERA - Rix - 2017 - Curtis's Botanical Magazine

It is one of the so-called section Regelia Lynch, or sometimes placed in section Hexapogon (six beard), as all six perianth segments are bearded at the base (Mathew, 1981; Anonymous, 1997). Regelia irises are confined to central Asia, where they take the place of sect. Oncocyclus, which is found further west. They have short, tuberous rhizomes, flat leaves and stems which have two or three flowers (or one in I. afghanica), of typical bearded iris shape.

Celebrating Sir Joseph Dalton Hooker with Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Sir Joseph Dalton Hooker was one of the most important botanists of the 19th century and Kew Gardens' most illustrious Director (1865-1885).

Celebrating Sir Joseph Dalton Hooker with Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

To celebrate the bicentenary of his birth this year, BHL is joining the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew to highlight Hooker's works and contributions as part of the #JDHooker2017 campaign. To coincide with the opening of a new exhibit at Kew's Shirley Sherwood Gallery, BHL is featuring Hooker's publications and related artworks in our online book collection and Flickr albums. Learn more about the BHL collections here. Learn more about Kew's exhibit, which opened on 25 March, in the post below. Then, be sure to follow #JDHooker2017 on social media as we celebrate Hooker's life and works. We hope you'll also join us again the week of 26-30 June 2017 as we continue our celebrations as part of a larger campaign in conjunction with The Making of Modern Botany conference at Kew Gardens, hosted on 30 June 2017.

In grateful thanks: the rediscovery of some long-lost Acadian specimens of Archibald Menzies – Botanics Stories. Surely one of the most moving thanks ever penned for an act of botanical patronage was that written by Archibald Menzies from his surgeon’s post on HMS Assistance, from Halifax, Nova Scotia (known to the French as Acadia) on 30 May 1784.

In grateful thanks: the rediscovery of some long-lost Acadian specimens of Archibald Menzies – Botanics Stories

It was directed to John Hope who had recognised the talents of a Perthshire boy, trained him as a gardener in the Leith Walk incarnation of RBGE, and paid for a medical training that allowed a profitable medical career, initially with the Royal Navy. Here is what Menzies wrote: List of plants sent by Menzies to Hope in November 1784. In this situation the tears trinkled down my cheeks in gratitude to you Sir, who first taught me to enjoy those pleasures which providence has so conspicuously placed before my eyes, accept of them as the only mark a grateful heart can at present offer. Jacques le Moyne and La Clef des Champs. I'm taking a break to celebrate my twins' 6th birthday, so not much of anything got done today.

Jacques le Moyne and La Clef des Champs

I did run across another book to add to my 16th century embroidery book obsession though. Most of the modelbuch don't really have more than a page or two of the animals and plants that we so often find in the extant pieces of embroideries. The animals, plants, and other pictorial scenes seem to come from other sources. Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh - Image collections. With both historical and contemporary works, the Illustrations Collection of the Library and Archives of the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE) provides an illustrated timeline of the development of botanical art from the late 17th century through to the present day, including original works by artists such as Lilian Snelling, John Nugent Fitch, Stephen Caine and Margaret Stones.

Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh - Image collections

The Collection also provides an insight into the history of the Garden through illustrations commissioned by several of its Regius Keepers, notably John Hope and John Hutton Balfour, and by artists that are particularly associated with the organisation including Robert Kaye Greville, Eve Bennett and Rodella Purves. In addition to the collections of original drawings and paintings, the Collection includes teaching diagrams and posters, nature prints and architectural plans of the Garden. Contents: Contemporary Collection. Catalog of Botanical Illustrations, Department of Botany, Smithsonian Institution.

Jacquin. University Herbaria - Botany Libraries Mycological Illustration Farlow Herbarium Cryptogamic Botany Archives. Flora Graeca for the 21st century. Botany in British India Material. Humanitec. In the early 1900s, two artists, Mary Page and Beatrice Carter, were employed by the Bolus Herbarium to illustrate a hugely diverse family of succulent plants, which are almost endemic to Southern Africa.

Humanitec

Their delicate, precise and vividly coloured botanical drawings are now freely accessible online. Carl Axel Lindman. Lindman showed a great interest in the life and work of Carl Linnaeus.

Carl Axel Lindman

Among other things he arranged the collections that Linnaeus had worked with. His interest in Linnaeus also resulted in numerous publications, for example "Carl von Linné såsom botanist", which he was commissioned to write in 1907 for the celebration of the 200 year anniversary of Linnaeus' birth, 1707. Lindman has one plant genus named after him, a plant in the Bromeliaceae called Lindmania Mez. Several species contain Lindman's name in the species epithet. Text: Mia Ehn Salter Find out more:Gallery with illustrations of C. Gustaf MalmeCarl Linneaus. Mutis.

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The Sir Hans Sloane Herbarium. The George Clifford Herbarium. The John Clayton Herbarium. The Paul Hermann Herbarium. The Botany of Empire in the Long Eighteenth Century. The long eighteenth century saw widespread exploration and a tremendous increase in the traffic in botanical specimens.

The Botany of Empire in the Long Eighteenth Century

The goal of many imperial expeditions was to explore the natural resources of colonies and distant lands in search of potentially profitable plants and products. Plants arrived at major cities on board ships, and were grown in botanical gardens that were often state-funded. The plants were studied and cultivated, especially if they were perceived to have economic or medicinal value.

Mapping the Republic of Letters.