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Moses Ashley Curtis's 1839 Expedition into the North Carolina Mountains

Ronald H. Petersen
Castanea
Vol. 53, No. 2 (Jun., 1988), pp. 110-121
Published by: Allen Press on behalf of the Southern Appalachian Botanical Society
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/4033331
Page Count: 12
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Moses Ashley Curtis's 1839 Expedition into the North Carolina Mountains
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Abstract

The circumstances and motives for the botanical expedition of Moses Ashley Curtis into the North Carolina mountains in 1839 are explored. The trip resulted in proposals of several new species of flowering plants, as well as in specimens of taxa previously collected by Michaux, Fraser, and Nuttall. Curtis communicated his experiences by way of letters to his wife and others, previously unpublished. Curtis was able to advise Asa Gray and Samuel Buckley on their later expeditions and the taxa Curtis saw were included in his later important publication on the North Carolina flora. His mountain experience helped to shape him into the leading regional botanical figure of the mid-19th century.

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