Author: Elspeth Haston

Original Darwin specimen – Tiquilia darwinii

The Herbarium of the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh dates back over 150 years to the mid-19th century and there are new and exciting specimens still to be discovered…

Backhouse specimens in the Herbarium of the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

The Backhouse family is more widely known for their nursery based in the north of England. However, several members of the family also collected herbarium specimens which are…

In the footsteps of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

In amongst the institutional archives of the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh are items relating to the teaching of botany here, including lists of students going back to 1798. …

Wartime Rhododendron

  In the Autumn of 1914, George Forrest was travelling in China. His letters written at the time mention the difficulties he was facing in getting permission to…

Specimen of Quercus cocciferoides

Herbarium specimens collected during World War I

4th August 1914 – collections on the day that war was declared between Britain and Germany On the 4th August 1914 the tension was building during the day…

Finding faster ways to enter minimal data for herbarium specimens

There are nearly 3 million specimens being held in the herbarium at RBGE. We are working to digitise these specimens to make them available to people around the…

Where the types in the herbarium at RBGE were collected

The geographical collecting locality of the types reflect both current and historical geographical areas of interest of RBGE research. Historical areas of focus are China (20%), India (8%)…

When were the type specimens in the herbarium at RBGE collected?

The oldest specimen in the herbarium at Edinburgh was collected in 1697. The oldest type specimen was collected in 1730. There have been several peaks during the time…

Who collected the type specimens in the herbarium at RBGE

The type specimens held at RBGE were included in an analysis of plant collectors by Bebber et al. (2012) which showed that 50% of the type specimens were…

Type specimens in the herbarium at RBGE

Since 2004, we have been digitising the type specimens* held in the herbarium at RBGE. This work has been funded by the Andrew W Mellon Foundation through the…