The Flora of Nepal links with the Caley

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Dr Francis Buchanan-Hamilton was the first collector of scientific natural history specimens in Nepal, and was an honorary member of the Royal Caledonian Horticultural Society.  During his 14-month visit (1802-3) to Nepal Buchanan amassed a large collection of notes, specimens, drawings.  Some of this material is still in the archives of the Linnean Society and is being used to understand the history of botanical exploration in Nepal. Buchanan-Hamilton didn’t have the modern benefit of a camera to record the detail so he took an Indian artist with him on his travels to Kathmandu!  Tuesday evening (20th November) Dr Mark Watson, RBGE, will talk on Discovering the Plants of Nepal.  A 210-year trek that started with the Caley’s Francis Buchanan-Hamilton.

7:30pm Lecture Theatre: Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, Inverleith Row.

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