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Bothalia - African Biodiversity & Conservation

On-line version ISSN 2311-9284
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SHARP, Cathy  and  BURRETT, Rob S.. Mushroom art in South Africa and Zimbabwe - Emil Holub: 1847-1902. Bothalia (Online) [online]. 2021, vol.51, n.2, pp.1-11. ISSN 2311-9284.

Emil Holub was a nineteenth century, Austro-Hungarian Czech, medical doctor with wide-ranging interests in ethnography and the natural sciences. During visits to southern Africa in the 1870s, he meticulously recorded everything that he encountered. Amongst his vast collection of artifacts, natural history specimens and notes were several sketches of fungi. These illustrations are reproduced here to document this valuable historical knowledge, tentatively identifying them in the context of the habitats through which Holub travelled.

Keywords : southern African history; macro-fungi; South Africa; Zimbabwe; natural history; artistic records.

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