‘The sceptre of her pow'r’: nymphs, nobility, and nomenclature in early Victorian science

  title={‘The sceptre of her pow'r’: nymphs, nobility, and nomenclature in early Victorian science},
  author={Donald L. Opitz},
  journal={The British Journal for the History of Science},
  pages={67 - 94}
  • Donald L. Opitz
  • Published 21 June 2013
  • Biology
  • The British Journal for the History of Science
Abstract Only weeks following Queen Victoria's ascension to the throne on 20 June 1837, a controversy brewed over the naming of the ‘vegetable wonder’ known today as Victoria amazonica (Sowerby). This gargantuan lily was encountered by the Royal Geographical Society's explorer Robert Schomburgk in British Guyana on New Year's Day, 1837. Following Schomburgk's wishes, metropolitan naturalists sought Victoria's pleasure in naming the flower after her, but the involvement of multiple agents and… 
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