|A Hand -book to the Flora of Ceylon 錫蘭植物手冊|
A Hand-Book to the Flora of Ceylon is a compendium of plants native to Ceylon (now Sri Lanka). It contains descriptions of the discovery, distribution and use of the plants as well as 116 full-color pictures. This book is referred to as one of the last classic compendiums of the 19th century. Henry Trimen (1843-1896), the compiler of this book, was a British botanist. In his younger age he served as an assistant in the botanical department of the British Museum for ten years. In 1879, he was assigned as the Director at the Botanical Garden of Peradeniya. This garden belonged to the Sri Lankan royal family and had a long history that could be traced all the way back to 1371. Under Trimen’s efficient management, the garden became beautiful and went through an expansion in its business. Other than his research on the botanical taxonomy, Trimen founded a museum for the exhibition of economic plants and also launched branches of this garden in Badulla and Anuradhapura. Both were pioneering decisions at his time.