Clayton Herbarium

John Clayton (1694-1773) was one of the early collectors of plant specimens in Virginia, where he was Clerk to the County Court of Gloucester County from 1720 until his death 53 years later.

Clayton published almost nothing himself, but his specimens have considerable importance in botanical nomenclature.

The specimens were originally dispersed through the main collection, but have been extracted and are curated as a separate collection so they can be studied more easily.

Many specimens represent type specimens for Linnaean names, and are included in the Linnaean Plant Name Typification Project based at the Museum.

Data and Resources

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Charlie Jarvis (2016). Dataset: Clayton Herbarium. Natural History Museum Data Portal (

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Additional Info

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Author(s) Charlie Jarvis
Affiliation Natural History Museum
Update frequency Annual
Last updated November 10, 2016
Last resource update November 10, 2016 (About John Clayton)
Created September 21, 2016
License CC-BY-SA-4.0