Botanical collection

The botanical collection (herbarium) contains dry prepared plants on acid-free leaves. It consists of two sub-collections. The older and larger part is Domenico Pappafava’s herbarium which according to some authors contains around 10.000 plant species with around three times that number of specimens. Up to now about a third of the collection has been analyzed considering that 9.000 specimens with over 3.000 species placed on 5.590 herbal leaves have been incorporated into the analysis. The exact number of species will be known after an expert redetermination is undertaken. It is believed that Domenico Pappafava’s herbarium came into being in the period from 1834 to 1862.

The most intensive collecting activity in the analyzed part of the collection is recorded as taking place between 1824 and 1837. Most of the specimens in the analyzed part of the collection were collected during the XIXth century but collecting continued during the XXth century. Two specimens from the herbarium date from 1800. These specimens are probably the oldest specimens in the Dalmatian herbarium. The second part of the herbarium consists of material collected in more recent times, mostly from the Velebit mountain.