Plant from a Lost Collection

Here's a plant from a collection that has been 'lost' for many years. The Curator of Natural History had known of the collection for over 15 years, but it wasn't until recently that some of C E Palmer's herbarium came to light.

The plant was collected by Charlotte Ellen Palmer (1830-1914) who was born in Warwickshire and an authority on plants found in the county. In 1872 she moved to Odiham, Hampshire and started collecting plants from the surrounding area. She discovered the rare plant Eriophorum gracile growing near Odiham. Many of the Vice County 12 (North Hampshire) plant records in Townsends 'Flora of Hampshire' were contributed by her.

Miss Palmer also collected from The Isle of Wight, Bournemouth, and the New Forest. There are a number of plants collected by C E Palmer and her nephew, Bolton King, in Portsmouth Museum's herbarium.