New Voyage for Darwin’s Plants

Three million delicately preserved plant specimens – including several dating back to Darwin’s voyage on the Beagle – are being meticulously categorised and moved from their traditional holding places in the Herbarium at the Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh. In a radical shift RBGE has become the first botanic garden of its stature to move its herbarium collections from the 150-year-old “Bentham and Hooker” plant classification system.

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