History of Texas Botany: History of Texas Botany

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North Central TX (Zone 8a)
Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
Jun 28, 2017 11:07 PM CST
At first glance I thought 'ho hum'. And then I started to read some of the highlights of this presentation. I admit to being a newcomer when using the botanical names of plants and yet here's just a few that popped out.

Ferdinand J. Linderheimer German immigrant, considered the Father of Texas Botany, collected 15-20 thousand specimens; Celtis lindheimeri. Did you catch that? '15-20,000 specimens'. I think I have one.

Many of us grow Datura. Thank you, Charles Wright. He was the first American born botanist. He walked 673 miles across Texas in his search for 15-20 thousand specimens, Datura wrightii. I used to grow Datura in Austin but only have some seeds right now. And am I ever glad it was someone else who walked those 673 miles.

Somehow, I think this talk is going to be well worth going to.

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