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Itinerary and specimen list of M.A. Pocock’s botanical collecting expedition in Zambia and Angola in 1925

M. G. Balarin, E. Brink, H. F. Glen
Bothalia | Vol 29, No 1 | a587 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/abc.v29i1.587 | © 1999 M. G. Balarin, E. Brink, H. F. Glen | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 30 September 1999 | Published: 30 September 1999

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M. G. Balarin, Department of Botany. Rhodes University, South Africa
E. Brink, Selmar Schonland Herbarium, South Africa
H. F. Glen, National Botanical Institute, South Africa

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Mary Agard Pocock, bom in Rondebosch in 1886, and best known as an algologist, was also a ‘trailblazer' in the biological exploration o f Angola. She, and the ethnologist Dorothea Bleek, undertook a scientific expedition which started at Livingstone, Zambia, and ended at Lobito Bay, Angola, during the dry season, from April to October 1925.

During the journey Mary Pocock collected ±  1  000 specimens in the Zambesian region o f endemism  (II).  as delineated by White (1983) o f which 12 were considered to be  species novae. Many o f the specimens were painted by Mary. Some original paintings are housed in the Selmar Schonland Herbarium, Grahamstown (GRA). She also kept detailed diaries o f her route past villages and through the different vegetation types. Collecting locations, with specimen numbers relating to her collection in the Zambesian region, are indicated. An alphabetical list o f all the species collected by Mary Pocock during this exploration has been compiled


Angola; botanical exploration; specimen list; Zambia


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