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Herbarium F.W.H.A. von Humboldt, A.J.A. Bonpland and C.S. Kunth
Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle, Laboratoire de Phanérogamie, Paris

Rich type herbarium for Central and South American plants as described in the Nova genera et species.

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Herbarium M. de Sessé y Lacasta (1751-1808) and J.M. Moçiño (1757-1820)
Jardin Botánico, Madrid

The Royal Botanical Expedition to New Spain (1787-1803), known to many botanists as the 'Sessé and Moçiño expedition' was a major undertaking. However, an entire century passed before this exhibition was finally to bear fruit, in the form of two lengthy floristic works: Plantae Novae Hispaniae and the Flora Mexicana. Although these works include details of the plants and animals which were studied, collected, illustrated and described by various members of the expedition, they unfortunately omit crucial details such as time of year and exact location. The approximately 8,000 herbarium specimens collected in America by Sessé and Moçiño remained in storage until 1935. It was not until the 20th century that research workers first attempted to identify as many of Sessé and Moçiño's specimens as possible, by comparison with the descriptions in Plantae Novae Hispaniae and Flora Mexicana.