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A ‘Christmas Card’ from 1957

Three members of the grass family found growing together at Farlington Marshes, near Portsmouth, Hampshire, 4.6.1957 by A W Westrup.

Alick W Westrup was a botanist who collected plants from all over the UK. He spent a number of years working on the new 'Flora of Hampshire and Isle of Wight' until his death in 1964.

Following his death, his collection of plants from Hampshire and the Isle of Wight along with his research for the publication, were left to the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Naturalists Trust, now the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust. The Trust later passed his collection of plants to Hampshire County Council.

As I had previously worked on Westrup's Hampshire and Isle of Wight plants, it was a lovely surprise to come across 1150 plants collected by him from the rest of the UK in the Portsmouth Herbarium.

This herbarium sheet is the only specimen from Hampshire and was sent to Portsmouth Museum as a 'Christmas card' in 1957 from Alick W Westrup who lived in Widley.