Oldest existing herbarium specimen

Thomas G. Lammers lammers at FMPPR.FMNH.ORG
Tue Jul 29 08:08:11 CDT 1997

At 02:07 PM 07-25-97 -0600, Mary Barkworth wrote:
>Does anyone know how old the oldest existing herbarium specimen is?  And,
>of course, what additional information is there about it (e.g., where, of
>what, by whom).

Luca Ghini (1490? - 1556) professor of botany at University of Bologna is
identified as the originator of the practice in "The Herbarium Handbook"
ed. by L. Forman & D. Bridson (RBG Kew, 1989).

Thomas G. Lammers

Classification, Nomenclature, Phylogeny and Biogeography
of the Campanulaceae, s. lat.

Department of Botany
Field Museum of Natural History
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Chicago, Illinois 60605-2496 USA

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