Time of introduction into cultivation for some woody plants: evidence from the archives of the Komarov Botanic Institute
Archival records in the Botanic Garden, Komarov Botanic Institute, Russian Academy of Sciences, shed light on the time of introduction for certain woody species from the flora of Russia. According to newly discovered records, 55 different plants including 13 woody species were transferred in 1861 from the Imperial St. Petersburg Botanic Garden to the Garden of His Imperial Highness Grand Duke Nicholas Nicolayevich. Apparently, Bryanthus gmelinii D.Don, Securinega suffruticosa (Pall.) Rehd., Betula davurica Pall., Fraxinus mandshurica Rupr., Menispermum dauricum DC., and Maackia amurensis Maxim. et Rupr. were cultivated in the Imperial St. Petersburg Botanic Garden and European gardens earlier than it is indicated in the literature of the 20th and 21st сеnturies.