Bolus Herbarium celebrates its 150th anniversary

23 Dec 2015 - 13:00


The Bolus Herbarium was established in 1865 and has a collection of over 400 000 specimens, from flowers and ferns to seaweeds and a few lichens, making it the third largest in South Africa and the third largest university herbarium in the southern hemisphere.

After celebrations on Tuesday December 8, and lectures by renowned botanists Professor Ben-Erik van Wyk and Professor Peter Linder, curator Terry Trinder-Smith invited every- one present to use the herbarium, which is located in the HW Pearson Building on the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) upper campus.

Mr Trinder-Smith said the primary function of the herbarium is to aid in the teaching and research of the diversity of the southern African flora, particularly that of the Cape Floristic Region.

Read article by Karen Watkins in Constantiaberg Bulletin, Thursday 17 December 2015