Conservatoire et Jardin botaniques de la Ville de Genève
The Hedwig-Schwägrichen Herbarium
The Hedwig-Schwagrichen Herbarium (mosses)
Johannes Hedwig (1730-1799) is probably the most famous bryologist of all time due to his numerous and pioneering observations. He published several books based on his observations and discoveries, including the posthumous Species muscorum frondosorum, one of the first systematic presentations of mosses. This work collated his bryological knowledge and was edited upon his death by his student C.F. Schwagrichen (1775-1853). The Hedwig-Schwagrichen Herbarium became of importance when the publication Species muscorum frondosorum of 1801 was designated, in 1910, as the starting point of moss names, with the exception of the genus Sphagnum L. This prestigious collection is integrated into the General Collection of the Conservatory and Botanical Gardens of the City of Geneva, although the Hedwig types are no longer sent out on loan.