Hopkirk, Thomas (DNB00)

HOPKIRK, THOMAS (1790?–1851?), botanist, born at Dalbeath, near Glasgow, about 1790, was elected fellow of the Linnean Society in November 1812, and in the next year published ‘Flora Glottiana, being a Catalogue of the Indigenous Plants on the Banks of the Clyde,’ Glasgow, 8vo. Four years later, in 1817, he produced, also at Glasgow, his principal work, ‘Flora Anomoia; a General View of the Anomalies in the Vegetable Kingdom,’ with a frontispiece designed by himself. It is usually misquoted as ‘Flora Anomala.’ His name last appeared in the annual lists of the Linnean Society in 1851. The genus Hopkirkia of Sprengel is merged in Salmea, and the homonymous genus established by De Candolle has also disappeared. It is identical with Schkuhria.

[Annual Lists, Linn. Soc. 1812–52; Journ. Bot. 1889, xxvii. 116; Sowerby's English Botany, tab. 2532.]

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