Philip Barker-Webb

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Philip Barker-Webb
Philip Barker Webb 1793-1854.jpg
Born(1793-07-10)July 10, 1793
DiedAugust 31, 1854(1854-08-31) (aged 61)
Webb Mausoleum in Milford, Surrey

Philip Barker-Webb FRS (10 July 1793 – 31 August 1854) was an English botanist.[1]

Philip Barker-Webb by Lalogero di Bernadis (ca. 1820)


Born to a wealthy, aristocratic family, Barker-Webb was educated at Harrow School and Christ Church, Oxford. He collected plants in Italy, Spain, and Portugal, and was the first person to collect in the Tetuan Mountains of Morocco. En route to Brazil he made what was intended to be a brief visit to the Canary Islands, but he stayed for a considerable time, returning after his Brazil expedition. The results can be seen in the nine-volume Histoire Naturelle des Iles Canaries (Natural History of the Canary Islands), which he co-authored with Sabin Berthelot. In company with Berthelot, who had lived on the islands for some time, Webb collected specimens on the islands between 1828 and 1830. The text of Histoire Naturelle des Iles Canaries took 20 years to complete. Specialists such as Justin Pierre Marie Macquart wrote appropriate parts. Barker-Webb's herbarium was bequeathed to the Museo di Storia Naturale di Firenze in Florence, Italy.[2] He settled in Paris where he died in 1854.

The standard author abbreviation Webb is used to indicate this person as the author when citing a botanical name.[3] The former genera Barkerwebbia and Webbia were named after him.[4]


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  3. ^ IPNI.  Webb.
  4. ^ BHL Taxonomic literature : a selective guide to botanical publications



  • Chiara Nepi: "L'erbario Webb / The Webb Herbarium". In: Mauro Raffaelli (Hrsg.): Il Museo di Storia Naturale dell'Università di Firenze. Volume II: Le collezioni botaniche. Firenze University Press, Florence 2009, pp. 103–110

External links

  • Gallica Digitised L'Histoire Naturelle des Îles Canaries (1835–50)