Murder Most Florid: Botany and the Crime Scene

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The Linnean Society of London, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London, W1J 0BF, United Kingdom
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NATURE READER 18:00–19:00 Thursday 28 November 2019

Bramble (Rubus fruticosus)

Bramble (Rubus fruticosus) © Linnean Society

This lecture accompanies the launch of Dr Spencer's book, Murder Most Florid, which explores how plants and other components of the environment can help crime scene investigators. Botany has been used in criminal investigations for many decades. Forensic botanists use ‘traditional’ disciplines such as plant taxonomy, morphology and palynology and alongside other researchers in environmental forensics are embracing the opportunities that DNA based technologies afford.

Dr Mark Spencer FLS is a honorary curator of the Society’s herbariums. He has worked for over a decade at the Natural History Museum, London and is now a consultant botanist specialising in forensics, botanical training and the history of botany.


  • This event is free and open to all.
  • Registration is essential. Seats will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Doors will open at 17:30. Please note that the meeting room will open at 17:45, 15 minutes prior to the start of the talk.
  • Tea will be served in the Library from 17:30 and the event will be followed by a white wine reception.

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