Typical: Hibiscadelphus stellatus

Mar 5 2019

Specimen Stories

This type specimen is like a postcard from Hawaii reading "Wish you…


By Amy Weiss

Ynes Mexia

Mar 6 2019

Collectors

Ynes Mexia began her botanical career at age 55 when she embarked…


By Leanna Feder

What is a type specimen?

Mar 6 2019

What's in a name?

When a researcher names a new species of algae, fungi, or plant,…


By Amy Weiss

Alice Eastwood Correspondence to Anna Vail (NYBG Librarian)…

Mar 8 2019

San Francisco, Cal., Jan. 12, 1897My dear Miss Vail:You are very kind…


By Alice Eastwood, Leanna Feder

Alice Eastwood Correspondence to Anna Vail (NYBG Librarian)…

Mar 8 2019

San Francisco, Cal., June 20, 1896My dear Miss Vail:    Will you…


By Alice Eastwood, Leanna Feder

Plant species named after Alice Eastwood

Mar 8 2019

What's in a name?

Several botanists have honored Eastwood's contributions to science by naming new plant…


By Leanna Feder

Art Cronquist's Hat

Mar 9 2019

ExpeditionsCollectors

If you spend time looking at herbarium specimens collected by Arthur Cronquist,…


By Amy Weiss

Journey of the US Exploring Expedition (1838-1842)

Mar 18 2019

Expeditions

One of the earliest and most impactful scientific expeditions led by the…


By Charles J. Zimmerman

Kuntze in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam

Mar 19 2019

Otto Kuntze collected this specimen in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam in March…


By Nicole Tarnowsky

Kuntze in Garrison, New York

Mar 19 2019

Otto Kuntze took a boat trip up the Hudson River in 1874…


By Nicole Tarnowsky

Kuntze in San Francisco, California

Mar 19 2019

Otto Kuntze collected this plant in San Francisco. He boarded a ship…


By Nicole Tarnowsky

Kuntze in Matheran, India

Mar 19 2019

Otto Kuntze spent December 1875 in the Western Ghat mountains of India,…


By Nicole Tarnowsky

Kuntze in Trinidad

Mar 19 2019

Otto Kuntze collected this plant in Trinidad in 1874. 360° view of…


By Nicole Tarnowsky

Ellen's Types

Mar 20 2019

Women in Science

Among many of the interesting things Ellen Hutchins collected were collections that…


By Laura Briscoe

Ellen's Illustrations

Mar 20 2019

Works of Art

We know Ellen Hutchins produced hundreds of detailed watercolors of marine algae. Some…


By Laura Briscoe

Jean Baptiste François Bulliard

Mar 21 2019

Works of Art

Jean Baptiste François Bulliard was French physician and botanist, especially interested in fungi.…


By Laura Briscoe

James Lendemer

Mar 21 2019

Collectors

James Lendemer is one of the youngest curators at the New York…


By Laura Briscoe

George Massee

Mar 21 2019

The fungal herbarium of George E. Massee was acquired by NY in…


By Laura Briscoe

Otto Kuntze 1874-1876 Trip Around the World

Mar 21 2019

Otto Kuntze spent two full years from February 1874 to February 1876 traveling around…


By Nicole Tarnowsky

Mushroom Paintings

Mar 22 2019

Works of Art

When mycologists collect mushrooms or other fungal fruiting bodies, it's important to…


By Laura Briscoe

Newspaper time capsule: B. Maguire 23559

Mar 22 2019

Specimen Stories

A trip to the field isn't always necessary to describe a new…


By Amy Weiss

Kuntze on Devil's Peak, South Africa

Mar 24 2019

See what Otto Kuntze would have seen from Devil's Peak, South Africa…


By Nicole Tarnowsky

Kuntze in Rio Paraguay, Mato Grosso, Brazil

Mar 25 2019

In July 1892, Kuntze traveled down the Rio Paraguay, into Mato Grosso,…


By Nicole Tarnowsky

Kuntze in Montevideo, Uruguay

Mar 25 2019

Taking a ship from Europe, Kuntze first arrived in Montevideo, Uruguay on…


By Nicole Tarnowsky

Kuntze in Atacama Desert, Chile

Mar 25 2019

Otto Kuntze collected this plant in 1892 in the Atacama Desert of…


By Nicole Tarnowsky

Before & After: P. F. Zika 28277

Mar 25 2019

Specimen Stories

The unmounted herbarium specimen, as it arrived at the garden in the…


By Amy Weiss

Augustine Henry

Mar 26 2019

Collectors

Augustine Henry was one of the first and most prolific western botanists to collect in Central China,…


By Nicole Tarnowsky

Otto Kuntze 1894 Trip to Southern Africa

Mar 26 2019

Otto Kuntze spent 4 months exploring Southern Africa, arriving in Cape Town,…


By Nicole Tarnowsky

Otto Kuntze 1891-1893 Trip through South America

Mar 26 2019

From 1891 to 1893 Otto Kuntze explored South America. He started this…


By Nicole Tarnowsky

The Cactaceae

Mar 27 2019

Works of Art

The Cactaceae was a publication written by the founder of NYBG, Nathaniel Lord Britton…


By Nicole Tarnowsky

Addisonia

Mar 27 2019

Works of Art

Addisonia: Colored Illustrations and Popular Descriptions of Plants was a journal published by…


By Nicole Tarnowsky

How did flowers get their meanings?

Mar 27 2019

There were three main sources for the definitions used by the Victorian…


By Amy Weiss

Tussie-mussies

Mar 27 2019

Weddings, funerals, festivals, and ceremonies — people have always had the impulse…


By Amy Weiss

The Language of Flowers

Mar 27 2019

Specimen Stories

Throughout time, people have assigned meaning to flowers, and many cultures have…


By Amy Weiss

A Horse, of Course

Mar 28 2019

Works of Art

Collecting plants and algae was sometimes an artistic hobby, with dried or…


By Laura Briscoe

John Muir

Apr 2 2019

Collectors

John Muir (1838–1914) was an influential naturalist and conservationist, and co-founder of the…


By Amy Weiss

Fern Fever

Apr 2 2019

Specimen Stories

During the 19th century, a severe case of “fern fever” swept over…


By Amy Weiss

John Torrey on Gray's Peak

Apr 18 2019

Expeditions

In 1861 Charles Parry was the first explorer to ascend Gray's Peak…


By Nicole Tarnowsky

Springtime with Peter Zika

Apr 18 2019

Specimen Stories

If seasonal allergies or the depths of winter have got you down,…


By Amy Weiss

John Torrey

Apr 19 2019

Collectors

John Torrey (1796-1873) is considered one of the most influential American botanists…


By Nicole Tarnowsky

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