4 responses to “Alnus sieboldiana”

  1. Beverley

    Alnus sieboldiana – Z6 – RHS Index of Garden Plants, Griffiths

  2. bev

    Being a retired physician now studying botany myself, I am struck by the frequent confluence of both scientific interests within one person in botanical history. I believe several relatively famous botanists were also physicians. Wasn’t Arthur Menzies included in this group too?

  3. Michael F

    In the past, medicine often relied heavily on plants, so physicians were required to learn a lot about them; they were also (by the standards of the time) well paid with lots of spare time, so better able than most others to indulge in additional botanical research. Other groups prominent in historical botanical research are clergy, and the children of landed gentry.

  4. bev

    Ah, good point, Michael F.; I should have thought of that myself regarding the plants and medicines. As to spare time, it was probably because very little they had to offer did any good in those times! We are lucky today.

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