On the 30th September I had a great research day at the Museo di Storia Naturale “G.Doria” to have a look at their herbaria. The staff is very nice and competent, starting from the Director, Dr. Giuliano Doria.
The herbaria are on the second floor, I could work on my own for the whole day looking through lists of plants and places around Genoa.
I collected quite a few data of plants collecting in the area of the Lighthouse (St. Benigno hill) between the nineteenth and the twentieth-centuries, so it was quite a popular place for botanists!
As always it was quite difficult going through the old latin names to understand which plant is today (particularly with Ray and Willughby’s names) and to get to know the toponym around the Lanterna (around the quarry, next to the tunnel, around the rocks etc.).
I think this will be a good archival part to add to the paper I am working on about landscape changes and plants collecting around the Lanterna, starting with the Nottingham and London material.