Tuesday, 12 May 2015


This week in Some notes from nature you can view the groundbreaking work by Carl von Linné (1707-1778) Species plantarum : exhibentes plantas rite cognitas, ad genera relatas, cum differentiis specificis, nominibus trivialibus, synonymis selectis, locis natalibus, secundum systema sexuale digestas (Stockholm : Laurentii Salvii, 1762-1763). Originally published in 1753, this seminal work collated for the first time botanical nomenclature for all known species and classified them into genera. It was the first work to consistently apply the binomial names so familiar to us today, and was the starting point for the modern naming of plants.

If you would like to view the spotlight exhibition, or to consult material in this vein, please contact the staff of the Special Collections Reading Room in the Hardiman Research Building at specialcollections@nuigalway.ie.
A spotlight exhibition can also be viewed on the digital display wall in the Hardiman Foyer during the month of May.

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