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Jepson Field Book volume 14 page 58 | University and Jepson Herbaria Archives, University of California, Berkeley

Jepson Field Book volume 14 page 58
Kew Herbarium does all the botanical work published under his name himself.  O, my no.  He hires other people to work for him.  Pays them [lbs] 20 a year or some such matter.  he is the preciding genius, you know.  He directs the work and seizes upon what is available for his ideas. - Dr. Hervey is having a time trying to segregate some of Small's Sargenti etc trees.  Nyssa species from the Southern States for instance.  He has leaves only from trees growing in a garden here; they do not fruit here; but those authors do not help him with distinguishing leaf marks.  He thinks as do I that tree species should be distinguishable :::::::::  Dec. 3, 1905. (when fully worked out) by leaf characters.  While vegetative characters are variable still they ought to be described.  Stipules afford good characters; so do winter buds; so does character of pubescence, not quantity however. Henry says the American plane (occidentalis) will not grow in England and scarcely in France.  Wood does not harden up.  Grows to be 7 or 8 ft. high and then decays.  Winter too mild.  It has a tendency to grow right on and is often nipped by frost in consequence of the winter not being severe enough to force it into winter quarters.  Acerifolia is a queer form of the European plane with the leaves of the American
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