Asa Gray and the quest for Shortia galacifolia

April 10, 2017
Asa Gray

Professor Donald H. Pfister recently contributed a blog post to iDigBio on the importance of collections. Pfister explores the excitement of finding an undescribed plant in an herbarium or museum. One of the best documented examples of such a discovery occurred 1839 when Asa Gray found a North American plant in the Paris herbarium which he had never seen before. Read Pfister's post for the full story!