57. Bergenia stracheyi (J.D. Hooker & Thomson) Engler SAXIFRAGACEAE

This species is a more distinguished relative of the rather coarse, but more commonly grown, Bergenia purpurascens. It is an alpine species, which occurs in the western Himalaya from Afghanistan to Uttarakhand, and is named after Lieutenant General Sir Richard Strachey (1817–1908), an army engineer best known for his irrigation work in northern India, but who undertook important works as a geologist, pioneering meteorologist and plant collector in the North-West Himalaya and Tibet. Strachey also worked on the 1851 Cleghorn Report on tropical deforestation and is the father of the Bloomsbury Group biographer Lytton Strachey.

Hand coloured lithograph of Bergenia stracheyi from Curtis’s Botanical Magazine t. 5967

     

    RBGE Living Collections Accession Factsheet
    Accession Number:19782333
    Scientific Name:Bergenia stracheyi (Hook.f. & Thomson) Engl.
    Family:Saxifragaceae
    Genus:Bergenia
    Epithet:stracheyi
    Collector:Sayers, C. David
    Year:1978
    Origin:India, Bangladesh & Pakistan:Lahoul:Sri Chand Da, side of Miyar Hills
    Elevation:3,600m
    Plant:19782333B
    Location:/Living Collections/Inverleith/W09/S/D010
    Plant:19782333A
    Location:/Living Collections/Inverleith/W05/S/ZE020
     Location: 55.964384998,-3.206538363