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The Switch to Botany

Barbara R. Stein

in On Her Own Terms

Published by University of California Press

Published in print October 2001 | ISBN: 9780520227262
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520926387 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520227262.003.0026
The Switch to Botany

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This chapter discusses Alexander and Kellogg's shift from collecting birds and small mammals to collecting plants. It stresses that Alexander did not abandon her museums; rather, she just stopped collecting for them. Collecting plants seemed like an appropriate choice, since Alexander was already over seventy by now. The chapter states Alexander's awareness over the loss of native flora in western North America and Hawaii. It also looks at the changes to the women's usual cycle of activity due to their transition to botany, their plant collecting trips, and the struggle between the University Herbarium and Willis Linn Jepson to acquire Alexander's extensive plant collection.

Keywords: botany; plant collecting; native flora; cycle of activity; University Herbarium; Willis Linn Jepson; plant collection

Chapter.  7158 words. 

Subjects: History of Science and Technology

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