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Jepson Field Book volume 26 page 188 | University and Jepson Herbaria Archives, University of California, Berkeley

Jepson Field Book volume 26 page 188
Berkeley ---------- - Greene, E.L. A remarkable and interesting character, highly self-contained, self-sufficient and with a well-nigh colossal faith in his own infallibility. He is perhaps the one botanist in American history who never made a mistake. He inadvertently did things to be sure, but actual mistakes in his pages were not his own, as for example his acceptance of Ceanothus andersonii Parry from his friend Dr. Parry (Cf. Leaflets, 1:65) and his being misled by Dr. Asa Gray which occured very often, as is to be seen from his (Greene's) printed pages. It is best not to consider him, first of all, I think, as a botanist, but as a man ::::::::: Feb. 1913 ---------- with an ingenious and quite powerful intellect who had been turned loose in botany, but whose activities there were not different from what they would have been if he had been a priest or a partisan historian. He had a disposition never to use a direct and enlightening statement which would help one in regard to the use of working clues as to the species identity if he could use any other, and he generally could. He would publish new species from geog. areas that I well knew, but I was always in doubt about their range as published, the impression upon my mind being that they belonged to some wild and unvisited region. He had an imagination, in other words, which would have been of very great value for the back ground work of a popular historian or novelist.
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