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Robert Wight
  * 1796   † 1872
Scottish surgeon, botanist and botanical collector (1796-1872)
Wight, R. Wight

Claimed natural history specimens collected or identified by Robert Wight

Scientific Name Country Institution Date
Gnetum ulaIndiaK
Rhamphicarpa longifloraK
Argyreia aggregataIndiaK
Themeda triandraIndiaK
Podochilus falcatusK
Canarium strictumIndiaK
Glycosmis mauritianaK
CentrantheraK1836-01-01 00:00:00.0000000
Chrysopogon orientalisK


Virtual International Authority File of Robert Wight

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