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Berthold Carl Seemann


German-born traveller and botanist. Studied botany at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, 1844–6. Naturalist to HMS Herald, 1847–51. Commissioned in 1860 to report on the Fiji Islands and published a flora of the islands. Editor of Bonplandia, 1853–62; of the Journal of Botany, British and Foreign, 1863–71. Travelled in Venezuela in 1864; in Nicaragua, 1866–7.


R. Desmond 1994



Desmond, Ray. 1994. Dictionary of British and Irish botanists and horticulturists including plant collectors, flower painters and garden designers. New edition, revised with the assistance of Christine Ellwood. London: Taylor & Francis and the Natural History Museum. Bristol, Pa.: Taylor & Francis.

ODNB: Oxford dictionary of national biography: from the earliest times to the year 2000. (Revised edition.) Edited by H. C. G. Matthew and Brian Harrison. 60 vols. and index. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 2004.