|Clive in the Herbarium at Leicester|
Image: L. Marsh
|Stace specimen reproduced in the New Flora|
Image: K. Widdowson
The image above shows Clive, on a recent visit to the Herbarium, looking at a specimen he collected himself in June 1953, when he was just 14.
He told me "I remember the day, I remember the plant, and I remember the friend who was with me". Every herbarium sheet tells a story!
Kevin W. joined one of the AEM herbarium tours and then shared the image (on left) and this post on Facebook :
Kevin says "The picture shows one of the many specimen records collected by Clive Stace and its reproduction in New Flora. A real privilege to see some of the primary research that went into producing such a key botanical text".
If you didn't make it to the AEM and are now kicking yourself for missing out - you're in luck! You can now download a pdf of Clive's talk 'Hybrids 40 years on: the Hybrid Flora of the British Isles' if you head over here to our AEM webpage.
If you were there at the AEM - well, you'll probably agree that Clive's asides and responses to questions from the floor were what made his presentation so memorable. For such an eminent botanist, he's very warm and approachable, even taking the time to sign a copy of his New Flora of the British Isles for one first-time exhibitor, who posted the image on the right and tweeted:
Sheet of Stace, Book of Stace, Sign of Stace, brilliant event thank you!