Paul Hermann herbarium

Pipra manakins

Garcinia gummi-gutta

Hermann's dried plants and drawings from Sri Lanka were one of the first major collections of the botany of the East Indies.

Paul Hermann

Paul Hermann (1646-1695) was Medical Officer to the Dutch East India Company in Sri Lanka between 1672 and 1677.

During this time he collected many plants from the region, particularly the area around Colombo.

Carl Linnaeus

Carl Linnaeus (1707-1778) used the collection when writing Flora Zeylanica (1747) and, later, when assigning Sri Lankan taxa in Species Plantarum (1753). As a result, the collection contains many Linnaean type specimens.

The collection comprises five bound volumes containing:

  • pressed plants
  • a small number of pressed insects
  • a volume of drawings

Looking for a specific specimen?

The collection has been digitised

Senior curator

Dr Fred Rumsey

Any questions?

If you would like to use any specimens for research, please get in touch

Access to the data

The volumes have also been digitised, and can be accessed via the Museum's Data Portal.

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