Charles Parish: plant hunter and botanical artist in Burma.

Charles Parish: plant hunter and botanical artist in Burma. Dudley Clayton.

London: Ray Society, 2017. Hardback, colour illustrations.

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 185
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 Roya 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 auth or
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 Th e
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.

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