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First Records of British Flowering Plants


To satisfy commendable curiosity, it is often required to know who first observed a particular plant, when and where it was first found, and how long it has been known as a British plant. The answers to these questions will be found in Mr. Clarke's handy little volume. The earliest notice of each distinct species of British flowering plants has been found by searching through printed botanical works published in Great Britain, and the extracts thus obtained have been brought together in this work. The list contains altogether 1440 species, the nomenclature of which is based upon the eighth edition of the “London Catalogue.” The earliest records referred to are from William Turner's works, ranging from 1538 to 1568.

First Records of British Flowering Plants.

Compiled by William A. Clarke. Pp. 103. (London: West, Newman, and Co., 1897.)

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First Records of British Flowering Plants. Nature 55, 460 (1897).

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