Jacquin’s American Plants


Jacquin’s American Plants

Evening Meeting

18:00 Thursday 16th October 2014


Between 1755 and 1759 the Austrian botanist Nikolaus Joseph Jacquin travelled to the Caribbean on behalf of Holy Roman Emperor Francis I, to collect live plants and animals for the Schönbrunn palace, Vienna. Until recently, little has been known of the trip and the methods Jacquin employed while in the field. However, the numerous beautifully illustrated works written by Jacquin have left their mark on the history of botany. In particular, the results of his botanical investigations in the Caribbean are of special importance to the history and development of tropical American botany.

Tonight, Santiago Madriñán, PhD, FLS, will explain how correspondence between Jacquin and Linnaeus, (made available by the Linnaean Correspondence Project) is spreading light on Jacquin’s time in the Caribbean and his process of identifying specimens, leading to the publication of his books on American Plants.

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Image: Frontispiece of Jacquin’s Selectarum Stirpium Americanarum Historia, 1763 (c) Biblioteca Nacional de Colombia (reproduced with permission)

This meeting is free and open to all; registration is not necessary. Tea and coffee will be served in the Library from 17:30 and a wine reception will follow.

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