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Wed Feb 9 13:55:03 CST 2005


Announcement

Guide to plant species descriptions published in seed lists from Botanical 
Gardens for the period 1800-- 1900.
  By:  Cees W.J. Lut  (in cooperation with Jan Frits Veldkamp)

Email:  lut at nhn.leidenuniv.nl

Botanical Gardens for a long time have produced annual seed lists for 
exchange. In some European ones of the 19th century it was customary to 
include diagnoses, descriptions, and notes either in footnotes or in 
appendices. These lists were printed in a very limited edition and past 
issues generally were not kept. None of the old and large libraries in the 
world has a complete set of them, and the collections that they do have 
usually are incomplete. Smaller or more recent libraries probably have 
nothing at all. The Library of the National Herbarium of the Netherlands in 
Leiden has a large collection of seed lists, but it, too, is far from 
complete. Collaboration with other libraries and taxonomists will therefore 
be essential.

In some cases the information was republished in contemporary scientific 
journals (e.g. in * examples) and so became available to the general 
public. From these secondary sources the names of about 2750 new genera and 
species have been included in the Index Kewensis. Infrageneric and 
infraspecific names are not included there at all. How many names this 
website will show is presently of course impossible to estimate, but we 
expect more than 3500. Obviously, we' d like to go for all, but locating 
all lists will be impossible. We hope to finish this project within 3 
years. Errors and omissions found in the Index Kewensis (and IPNI) will be 
sent to Kew.

The current project aims to make available, the original descriptions in a 
searchable database, with the title page of the seed list and its date of 
publication or an estimate thereof, and the current nomenclatural status of 
these names (but not their present taxonomic identity).

We feel that such a guide would fill a gap and be of great use in places 
where botanical nomenclature and the history of horticulture are being 
studied.

The website address is: http://www.nationaalherbarium.nl/seedlists/

We are still looking for the following seed-lists:
Athens   (Athenarum)   1862
Basel  (Basil.)   1848
Berlin  (Berolinense)         1825 and 1829
Bonn   (Bonneni)   1833
Budapest  (Pestinum)   1824 and 1825
Copenhagen  (Haunensis)   1845 – 1846; 1848 – 1850; 1852 – 1853; 1858 – 
1859 and 1864
Dresden  (Dresdensis)   1839
Erfurt  (Erfordia)   1815; 1824; 1832 – 1837; 1840 and 1844
Erlangen  (Erlangensi)   1834
Freiburg (Friberga) (Germany)  1848 – 1849
Geneva   1847
Genua  (Genuensis)   1855
Göttingen  (Gottingensis)   1819
Greifswald  (Griswalda; Ghryphiswaldense)  1845
Halle  (Halensis)  1807
Hamburg  (Hamburgensis)  1820 – 1821; 1829
Heidelberg  (Heidelbergensis)   1839; 1846 – 1849; 1851 – 1852
Hyères   1867 – 1868; 1872
Karlsruhe  (Carlsruhensi)  1846
Kazan  (Casan.) (Russia)   1839 and 1842  (descriptions by P.K.Trotsky 
1803-1877)
Kremenec  (Cremensis; Krzemieniec)  1820 -1821
Leipzig  (Lipsiensis)  1848
Marburg  (Marburgensis)  1824 – 1825; 1827 – 1829; 1834 – 1837; 1840 – 1841 
and 1853
Modena  (Mutensis)  1849
Moscow  (Mosquensis)  1868
Naples  (Neapolitano)  1826; 1838; 1851 – 1852 and 1854
Padua  (Pataviae, Patavinus)  1826; 1836; 1839 – 1841; 1844 – 1845; 1847 – 
1849; 1851; 1855 – 1856 and 1858
Palermo  (Boccadifalco, Panormi)  1800; 1826 and 1830
St.Petersburg (Petropolitanus)  1800; 1824; 1851 – 1853; 1856 – 1857
Tartu  (Dorpatensis)  1824; 1840 – 1842; 1849; 1856; 1859
Turin  (Taurinensis)  1813 (1831?); 1829 and 1873
Uppsala  (Upsaliae)  1855 – 1857
Vienna  (Vindobonensis)  1823
Wroclaw / Breslau  (Wratislaviensis)  1822  – 1824; 1829 and 1834
Würzburg  (Wirceburgensis)  1852
Zürich  (Turicensis)  1850

Nationaal Herbarium Nederland
Leiden University branch
P.O.Box 9514
2300 RA  Leiden
the Netherlands




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