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The Travels and Plant Collections of Aucher-Éloy, Oman, 1838

February 15, 2018
Thursday at 5.45pm
The lecture is free, but please email to reserve a place.

London Middle East Institute at SOAS, SOAS, University of London, MBI Al Jaber Building, 21 Russell Square, London

Dr. Shahina Ghazanfar, Honorary Research Associate, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew will talk about Pierre Martin Remi Aucher-Éloy was the first person to make a comprehensive collection of plants from northern Oman (then called the Immamat of Muscat). He collected mainly in the northern mountains during March and April 1838. These, and his other collections from the Orient, provided a major source of material for the eminent Swiss botanist, naturalist and explorer, Pierre Edmund Boissier. Several plants which Aucher collected in Oman were new to science. Boissier’s voluminous work, Flora Orientalis, remains to this day a standard reference on floras of Southwest Asia. Aucher’s plant collections from Oman are present in herbaria at the Laboratoire de Phanerogamie, Museum national d’Histoire naturelle, Paris, Conservatoire et Jardin botaniques, Genevè and some at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, UK. His personal field book is preserved in Paris, and his note-book Relations de Voyages en Orient de 1830 à 1838 was published posthumously in 1843.

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