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Biographical entry Marchant, Neville Graeme (1939 - )

Botanist and Science administrator


Bob Royce joined the staff of the Western Australian Herbarium in 1944 after seven years with the State's Department of Agriculture. He became Curator of the Herbarium in 1960. During his tenure he oversaw the building of Western Australia's first specially-designed herbarium building. Royce was particularly interested in the application of botany to agriculture and undertook significant research into toxic plants. Much of this work was published in the Western Australian Journal of Agriculture. He made substantial collections of Western Australian plants: these specimens are now in the Western Australian Herbarium. The genus Roycea C. Gardner (Chelopodiaceae) was named in his honour.



1944 - 1960
Career position - Botanist, Western Australian Herbarium
Taxonomy event - Roycea C.A. Gardner was named in his honour
1960 - 1975
Career position - Curator, Western Australian Herbarium

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Published resources


  • Underwood, Roger, A Botanical Journey: the Story of the Western Australian Herbarium, Department of Environment and Conservation, Perth, 2011, 282 pp. Details

Journal Articles

  • Lander, Nicholas, 'Neville Marchant - an appreciation', Australian Systematic Botany Society Newsletter, vol. 125, 2005, pp. 11-2. Details

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