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Charles Parish – Plant Hunter and Botanical Artist in Burma

By Dudley Clayton

Hardback
Aug 2017 , 292 pp
ISBN 9780903874502
Price: £85.00, $140.00
Charles Samuel Pollock Parish (1822–97) served as a chaplain with the armies of the Honourable East India Company until 1858, after which he served, in the same capacity, in British Imperial India, which included Burma (now Myanmar). He was based at Moulmein in Burma from 1852 until 1878. For the first time a detailed account of his life and time in Burma is provided, together with some of his original sketches of Moulmein and the surrounding country. He discovered many new species during his travels in Tenasserim and undertook an important expedition into the interior of the little-known region. Parish and his wife, Eleanor, were talented artists and painted most of their discoveries. The scientific importance of their work is considerable, they illustrated many novelties and, in effect, their paintings and drawings are of the type collections of dozens of orchid species. The original illustrations of the orchids of Burmese Tenasserim have been kept in the archives of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, since Parish’s death. This Ray Society volume will, for the first time, make them available to a wider audience, together with an up-to-date taxonomic treatment. A little-known account of Parish’s most significant expedition is also provided, together with his itinerary and a map.

About the author

Dudley Clayton is a retired Group Captain who served in the Royal Air Force from 1952 until 1987. He is an Honorary Research Associate at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, where he specializes in the systematics of Asiatic orchids. His previous publications include The Genus Coelogyne: A Synopsis (2001), a monograph of the genus, and The Genus Calanthe (2013), a revision of the genus co-authored with Phillip Cribb.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

FOREWORD

PREFACE

 

INTRODUCTION

The Honourable East India Company

British Imperial India

The Anglo-Burmese Wars

 

THE LIFE OF CHARLES SAMUEL POLLOCK PARISH

The Parish family in British India

Early years in Somerset

Chaplain at Moulmein in Tenasserim Province

Parish’s letters to Kew

Orchids and Ferns in a Moulmein Garden

Plants collecting for Kew and Messrs. Hugh Low & Co

BOTANICAL EXPLORATION IN TENASSERIM PROVINCE IN BURMA

The Geology, Geography and Vegetation of Tenasserim Province

The Geology, Geography and Vegetation of the Andaman Islands

Visit to Barren Island in the Andamans

Expedition with Major S.R. Tickell in February 1859

Visits to the Zwakabin (Zwekabin) Rock

Visits to Tavoy and Mergui

 

ORCHIDS COLLECTED BY CHARLES PARISH

Orchids collected in the neighbourhood of Moulmein – H.G. Reichenbach

Published manuscripts by Charles Parish

Orchid illustrations by Charles and Eleanor Parish

 

EPILOGUE

SOURCES AND CITATIONS OF THE ILLUSTRATIONS AND MAPS

BIBLIOGRAPHY

Primary Sources

Secondary Sources

Obituary Notices and Biographical Notes

Internet Sources

APPENDIX I: Botanical Collections made by Charles Parish in Britain and Ireland

APPENDIX II: Index to Charles Parish’s Drawings of Tenasserim Orchids

APPENDIX III: Botanical Collections made by Charles Parish in Tenasserim

INDEX OF ORCHID SCIENTIFIC NAMES

GENERAL INDEX

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