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The stapeliads of Philip Miller at the Chelsea Physic Garden

Walker, Colin C. (2018). The stapeliads of Philip Miller at the Chelsea Physic Garden. Asklepios, 125 pp. 12–17.

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Abstract

Philip Miller (1691-1771) was superintendent of the Society of Apothecaries at the Chelsea Physic Garden (1722-1770). There he built up an extensive collection of plants which he described in his renowned 'Gardeners Dictionary' that ran for 8 editions (1731-1768).

He successfully grew and flowered 3 stapeliads over a 40 year period. One of these, Stapelia hirsuta, was illustrated in a hand coloured plate published in a separate work entitled 'Figures of the most beautiful, useful and uncommon plants described in the gardeners dictionary' (1755-60).

Miller's lasting legacy lies in the 1,300 species and numerous genera he named and described for the first time, so his work is still relevant today.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2018 The International Asclepiad Society and The Author
ISSN: 0260-9533
Keywords: Philip Miller; Chelsea Physic Garden; Gardeners Dictionary; Stapelia hirsuta
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) > Environment, Earth and Ecosystem Sciences
Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
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Item ID: 58014
Depositing User: Colin Walker
Date Deposited: 06 Dec 2018 10:26
Last Modified: 06 May 2019 07:55
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/58014
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