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Robert Brown

Robert Brown (1773–1858)

Robert Brown was a Scottish botanist and palaeobotanist who made important contributions to botany through his pioneering use of the microscope. He also made numerous contributions to plant taxonomy, including the erection of a number of plant families that are still accepted today, as well as numerous Australian plant genera and species, the fruits of his exploration of that continent with Matthew Flinders. On this voyage with Flinders, Cephalotus follicularis was discovered at King George Sound in January 1802.

He published numerous species descriptions; in Western Australia alone he is the author of nearly 1200 species. In 1810, he published the results of his collecting in his famous Prodromus Florae Novae Hollandiae et Insulae Van Diemen, the first systematic account of the Australian flora, in which he described 14 species of carnivorous plants.


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Prodromus Florae Novae Hollandiae et Insulae Van Diemen

Prodromus Florae Novae Hollandiae et Insulae Van Diemen.




Robert Brown

Robert Brown. Portrait by Henry William Pickersgill.