Department of Phanerogamic Botany
Swedish Museum of Natural History
the historically interesting and scientifically important Swartz herbarium is a separate
collection comprising approximately 6000 specimens of phanerogams and ferns, mainly
from the West Indies.
The swedish botanist Peter Olof Swartz (1760-1818) collected plants in Jamaica and
Hispaniola on a journey between 1784 and 1786. Today, the Swartz herbarium contains large parts of
the material he collected on this journey, but also collections
by Forsström, Banks, Euphrasén,
Freyreis (ferns), Swedérus, West, Ryan and
other contemporary botanists.
Nova Genera et Species Plantarum
seu Prodromus (1788), Observationes botanicae (1791) and
occidentalis (1797-1806) were all published as a result of his visit to the Caribbean.
Two publications about Swartz and his work, are currently in progress in cooperation
between Bertil Nordenstam, Roger Lundin and Mia Ehn Salter at the Swedish Museum of
Natural History, and Thomas Zanoni of the New York Botanical Garden.
the Swartz herbarium are generally not allowed, but the material has been registered and is
presented in a searchable
database. Information about Swartz' type material
from the Caribbean (phanerogams and ferns) has also been incorporated
in the searchable
botanical type collection
database at the Department of Phanerogamic Botany.
On request scanned images, or xerox copies of particular specimens can be provided.
Latest updated: 12 February 2007
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