Asa Gray and the quest for Shortia galacifolia

There is a rich history that resides in biological collections, such as herbaria – and discoveries, as well – as Don Pfister, the Asa Gray Professor of Systematic Botany and Curator of the Farlow Library and Herbarium, discusses here:

https://www.idigbio.org/content/portal-curiosities-asa-gray-and-quest-shortia-galacifolia-%E2%80%93-case-study-importance

As a local note, Shortia (or Oconee bells) is planted at Whitesbog, where it was flowering this past April, in the bog next to Suningive.

Trees of Philadelphia

On the evening of Thursday the 25th of May, beginning at 7:30PM, the Philadelphia Botanical Club will have its monthly meeting, and Ned Barnard and Catriona Briger, co-authors of Philadelphia Trees: A Field Guide to the City and the Surrounding Delaware Valley, will talk about their book, in a lecture titled “Trees of Philadelphia”.

For more information, see here: http://darwin.ansp.org/hosted/botany_club/meeting.html

Subterranean trees

The history of plants is also underground, and not just in the roots:

http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/real-time/Wooden-water-mains-Spruce-Street-May-2017.html

A very much older tree was also found underground not far from there, a number of decades ago:

http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/item/112143#page/142/mode/1up

To read more about that, see here (Chapter 1): http://fitlersquarepress.com/chapters/