DEPARTMENT OF BOTANY
C. B. Trinius (1778 – 1844) was one of a few world renowned Agrostologists working in the early 1800s.
In 1994 Robert Soreng, Paul Peterson, and Carol Annable, visited the Komarov Botanical Institute, herbarium (LE), in Saint Petersburg, Russia, for several months, to database grass type specimens, and particularly to catalogue the Trinius Herbarium. The complete Trinius Herbarium, of over 10,700 specimens, was then photographed and published by the International Documentation Company (IDC number BT-16, 1995), with a Guide to the microform collection (Soreng, Peterson & Annable 1995). Between 1808 and 1844, under the reigns of tzars Alexander I (to 1825), and then Nicholas I (1825 to 1855), while working as a medical doctor to the Emperors’ families, Trinius built and extensive reference collection of grasses, and described and catalogued many grasses from around the world.
We provide two files here to help access Trinius’ literature, and understand their contents and dates of publication, and to locate type and other collections in his herbarium.