Saxifraga florulenta - Clarence's Ancient King

Written by Marcus Bicknell on .

saxifraga florulenta clarence bicknell genoaThe Ancient King, l’Antico Re, was the name used by Clarence Bicknell  and other botanists of the time between the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries for Saxifraga florulenta. Botanists and enthusiasts have always spent many patient hours in search of this rarity, and forever will. It is wonderful and exciting to find it in bloom.

saxifraga florulentaClarence's watercolour (image left) is in the collection at the University of Genoa where 3,428 of his botanical watercolours are stored alongside 10,146 pressed flower samples (herbaria). We thank Professor Mauro Mariotti for the copy and the reproduction rights

We are pleased to publish in English and Italian today a short article on the subject of Saxifraga florulenta by Elisabetta Massardo, photographer, mountain walker, amateur botanist and Companion of the Clarence Bicknell Association. You can download the paper (containing both the English and Italian versions) at the following link:

Click here: Saxifraga florulenta by Elisabetta Massardo 2021

The Ancient King, l'Antico Re, così venne chiamata da Clarence Bicknell e dagli altri botanici dell'epoca tra fine Ottocento e inizio Novecento. I botanici e gli appassionati hanno sempre speso molte ore pazienti alla ricerca di questa rarità. È meraviglioso e emozionante trovarla fiorita. Leggete il breve articolo della nostra amica Elisabetta Massardo con le sue foto e un acquerello di Clarence.

 L'Ancien Roi, "The Ancient King", était le nom utilisé par Clarence Bicknell et d'autres botanistes de la fin du XIXe et du début du XXe siècles. Les botanistes et les passionnés ont toujours passé de nombreuses heures à la recherche de cette rareté, et le feront à jamais. Il est merveilleux et excitant de le trouver la plante en fleur. Lisez le court article de notre amie Elisabetta Massardo avec ses photos, et une aquarelle de Clarence Bicknell de son Ancien Roi.

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