Smith Herbarium

LINN-HS 965.9 Delphinium grandiflorum (Herb Smith)

The Smith Herbarium

Images of the specimens from the Herbarium of Sir James Edward Smith (1759-1828) held at the Linnean Society of London.

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Currently, the specimens in this herbarium are only searchable using the names written on the sheets by James Edward Smith and by subsequent determinations. The currently accepted names for these early post-Linnaean era names can be sourced using online resources such as TROPICOS or IPNI. The annotations on the sheets, which are largely by Smith but also bear the handwriting of many others, have not been transcribed into the database. In 1963, Spencer Savage compiled a Catalogue of the Smithian Herbarium, which was never published. A digital copy of this catalogue is available below and is invaluable for interpreting the annotations on the sheets. It is particularly important to consult this catalogue when searching the online resource.

The catalogue is in six parts and specimens are ordered by Genus and Sheet number, which can be found at the top of each online specimen page and in its associated full metadata.


The Society welcomes current determinations of our specimens. We also encourage the use of these collections for scientific and historical research. Please contact curators@linnean.org if you would like to provide determinations or if you have an enquiry about accessing or using the collection.