Botany is the science and study of plants. RAMM has many thousands of plant specimens in its collections. The scientific name for a plant collection is a herbarium (plural herbaria).
Specimens include flowering plants, mosses, lichens, ferns, wood samples, seeds and plant products. Fungi and algae are also part of the botany section.
Notable botany collections and collectors
- Richard Cresswell – Cresswell was particularly interested in algae. His collection includes contributions from notable algologists – many are women. He and his family were keen artists. RAMM’s Fine Art collection includes specimens drawn by him (usually viewed down the microscope), his daughters and significant Indian artists.
- Amelia Griffiths – two large bound volumes of pressed algae. Most she collected herself on Devon’s shores.
- Mary Wyatt – one complete set and one part set of ‘Algae Danmoniensis’.
- William Hiern – A collection of seed-producing plants, ferns, lichens, mosses and algae. His herbarium is very consistent: there are specimens from almost every month of his life between 1863 and 1925. Many specimens are published in ‘The Flora of Devon’.
- William Keble Martin – author of ‘The Concise British Flora in Colour’. RAMM holds draft plates for the publication and his personal plant collection.
- John Jackson – former curator at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew museum. His collection results from his interest in ‘ecconomic botany’. It includes prints, photographs seeds and plant products from around the world.