Botany

The Shoemaker Taxonomist

By Audrey Clark- Inside the eight-foot tall olive-green metal cabinet are stacks of black, sturdy shoeboxes. Inside these are small cardboard boxes decorated with Victorian-style script announcing that they contain the finest buttons and sewing needles. These little boxes hold hundreds of dried mushrooms with brittle, yellowed tags looped around them, labeled in the faded,… Continue reading The Shoemaker Taxonomist

Botany

The Prince of Plant Collectors and the Largest Cactus in the World

By Audrey Clark When the Prescott College coastal ecology class for which I was a teaching assistant left the field station on the shores of Kino Bay in early January, the sun shone and the sea was calm.  We loaded the students into a couple fiberglass fishing boats and sped off toward the Midriff Islands.… Continue reading The Prince of Plant Collectors and the Largest Cactus in the World