Specimen of the Day: 11/12/2009 – Black Spleenwort

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Manchester Museum Specimen collected by Robert Lloyd Praegar

On this day in 1892 Robert Lloyd Praegar collected this specimen of Black Spleenwort (Asplenium adiantum-nigrum var. acutum).  Praegar was an extraordinary man and one of my all time botanical heroes.  He practically surveyed the whole of Ireland single handedly at weekends.  I didn’t know we had any Praegar specimens in the collection at all.  So I was delighted to find this one.

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