The Celebrate Research @ UBC series will continue tomorrow. At Lindsay’s suggestion when she authored this entry in January, today’s posting instead recognizes International Women’s Day. Lindsay writes:
The epithet feinbruniae on this autumn crocus or meadow saffron pays respect to a pioneering woman in botany. Naomi Feinbrun-Dothan was a professor and researcher at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in Israel and devoted over six decades to studying the flora of Israel and adjacent countries. Feinbrun-Dothan was especially fascinated by monocots. After finishing her PhD (a monograph of the genus Bellevalia during 1938-1940), she devoted much time to the taxonomic study of genera such as Allium, Colchicum, and Crocus. Other taxa named after Feinbrun-Dothan include Astragalus feinbruniae (currently: Astragalus aleppicus), Bellevalia feinbrunae and Anacamptis ×feinbruniae.
For more information and additional photographs, visit the Flora of Israel Online: Colchicum feinbruniae.