Thu, 27 Jun


St Swithun's Church

Talk on Keble Martin and the 'Devon Flora'

Bob Hodgson, of the Botany Section of the Devonshire Association, will talk about the 'Devon Flora' of 1939, of which Keble Martin was the lead editor, and the significance of his work when compiling the monumental 'New Devon Flora' in 2016.

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Talk on Keble Martin and the 'Devon Flora'

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27 Jun 2019, 19:30

St Swithun's Church, Church Stile Ln, Woodbury EX5 1HN

About the Event

"Long before Keeble Martin published The Concise British Flora in Colour, the Flora of Devon had been published in 1939. This was the first full Flora for the county to be published since Jones & Kingstone published Flora Devoniensis in 1829. It drew together all that had been discovered regarding plants growing wild in Devon. It was very carefully researched and was the most important source of early records whilst we were writing A New Flora of Devon published in December 2016. Of the two authors the Rev. W.K.Martin (1877–1969) is much better known than Gordon T.Fraser (1882–1942 and was the lead editor."

(as told to Woodbury Wide Awake by Roger Smith of the Devonshire Association, Botany Section).

Roger's colleague Bob Hodgson, co-editor of A New Flora of Devon, will be speaking about the extraordinary work that went into that recent publication, and about the continuing significance of Keble Martin's research and contributions to the previous edition.

"Running to almost 850 pages, the monumental New Flora is a triumph of botanical scholarship and will provide a valuable resource for ecologists, conservationists, land managers and all those interested in the native and introduced flora of Devon for many years to come... Devon is a large county with a varied landscape and geology, and a wide range of habitats that are home to more than 2000 distinct species, including many special, rare and beautiful plants. A New Flora of Devon is the first complete account of their distribution to be published since 1939 [edited by Keble Martin]."

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