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The Flora of Formosa

Nature volume 88, page 330 (04 January 1912) | Download Citation



PREVIOUS to the acquisition of Formosa by Japan, in 1895, little was known of the vegetation of the mountains of the interior. Many European collectors had visited the island, but none had been able to penetrate the central range, en account of the hostility of the natives. The Japanese soon organised a Botanical Survey, and several botanists have been engaged in the investigation of the flora, the results of their labours, having been published from time to time, mostly in English, with Latin descriptions of the novelties, and figures of some of the most remarkable plants. The forerunner was the “Enumeratio Plantarum Formosanarum,” by J. Matsu-mura and B. Hayata, which appeared in 1906. This was followed in 1908 by Hayata's “Flora Montana For-mosæ “; and the same author has now issued a bulky and important supplement2. As is stated on the title-page, Dr. Hayata worked out his collections at Kew, where he had the opportunity of studying numerous types of genera and species of Eastern plants first described by the Kew botanists.

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