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Asa Gray

1810-1888 Asa Gray - Father of  American Botany - botanical friend of John Muir
  • "Father of American Botany"
  • John Muir and Asa Gray shared several botanical expeditions together. Muir traveled with Sir Joseph Hooker, Asa Gray, and John Bidwell around the Lassen Peak and the Mt. Shasta region botanizing in the summer of 1877.
  • Gray named several plants after Muir, which Muir had collected for him. Erigeron muirii , Muir's Fleabane, was named by Gray.
  • John Torrey and Asa Gray's Flora of North America (1838 - 1843) (New York: Wiley & Putnam) in 2 volumes.
Photograph courtesy of Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan (public domain).

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