Recollection of the Historical Portuguese Orchid Collection from 1879
International Journal of Science, Technology and Society
Volume 7, Issue 4, July 2019, Pages: 56-60
Received: Jun. 27, 2019;
Accepted: Aug. 29, 2019;
Published: Sep. 12, 2019
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Pekka Ranta, Orchid Garden, Janhuan Orkidearanta Oy, Sulkava, Finland
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A new orchid house was built before 1879 in Portugal (Ajuda, Lisboa) for the orchid collection of the King Luis I of Portugal. That house was designed using the best technical solutions of that time. The orchid collection of 438 different orchids, almost all of which were natural species was clearly larger than most collections in botanic gardens in Europe and other non tropical areas then and today. After the Lisbon Regicide, the murder of King Carlos I of Portugal, the follower of King Luis I, the Botanic Garden of Ajuda including the orchid collection was transferred from The Royal administration to the University of agriculture and the collection started to decline and disappeared completely. A private family (Tuulikki and Pekka Ranta), who transported their collection of about 10000 orchids from Finland to Portugal (2011) has decided and promised to recollect that historical orchid collection in such a way, that the collection can be visited and studied a reasonable long time in the future. The recollection is planned to be completed during 2021, 140 years after the complete list of the orchid collection of King Luis I was signed.
Historical Plant Collection, Orchids, Taxonomy, Natural History, Species, Hybrids, Botanic Garden, History, Lisbon, Portugal
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Recollection of the Historical Portuguese Orchid Collection from 1879, International Journal of Science, Technology and Society.
Vol. 7, No. 4,
2019, pp. 56-60.
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