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Conspectus Florae Angolensis

Abilio Fernandes
Taxon
Vol. 1, No. 6 (Jul., 1952), pp. 85-86
DOI: 10.2307/1216557
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1216557
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Abstract

The Botanical Institute of the University of Coimbra has been interested in the floristic study of the Portuguese overseas territories ever since the time of Júlio Henriques. His successor, Luís Carrisso, made a botanical expedition to Angola in 1927 and on his return became convinced that it would be of advantage to correlate the material in both Portuguese and foreign herbaria in order to carry out his plan for a "Conspectus Florae Angolensis". He therefore asked for the collaboration of the British Museum, a request favourably received by Dr. J. Ramsbottom and sanctioned by the Trustees of the Museum. As a first result of this, Vol. I, fasc. 1 ("Ranunculaceae-Malvaceae") was published in 1937 by the Agência Geral do Ultramar under the authorship of A. W. Exell and F. A. Mendonça. In 1937, Carrisso led a further expedition to Angola during which he unfortunately lost his life. The second world war interrupted the work for more than ten years but in 1951 Vol. I, fasc. 2 ("Malvaceae-Aquifoliaceae") was published by the same authors under the aegis of His Excellency the Minister for Overseas, through the Junta de Investigações do Ultramar. Both the British Museum and the Instituto Botânico de Coimbra are greatly interested in the regular progress of the work and it is confidently expected that His Excellency the Minister for Overseas will continue to give it his valuable support.

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