RESEARCH - Clarence Bicknell and Pimpinella bicknellii

Written by Marcus Bicknell on .

 

During a botanical excursion in 1897 on the Mediterranean island of Majorca  Clarence Bicknell found an interesting plant. He realised that it was a member of the Umbellifer family – plants with long stems and flowers forming clusters (‘umbels’) – but he could not identify the species. After returning to his home in Bordighera he sent it and other specimens to the Conservatoire Botanique in Geneva, where the Curator, John Briquet, determined that it was a new species, which in honour of its finder he named Pimpinella Bicknellii.

Graham Avery has recorded what we know about the discovery and naming of the plant and you can download the complete 7-page pdf here