"Did the people remember Dr. [Augustine] Henry? Did they know the K'ung-tung (local name of Davidia)? To these and similar questions they pleasantly answered in the affirmative. Would someone guide me to the tree? Certainly!" Recalling E. H. Wilson's search for the dove tree in China in 1899.
Diospyros sinensis Naudin China, 1915[Title from recto of mount.]
Alternate Title: Tree trunk showing graft with a hat for scale
Photograph by Frank Nicholas Meyer (1875-1918) Dutch, American
Hangzhou, Zhejiang Sheng, China
June 28, 1915
Frank Nicholas Meyer (1875-1918) was born in Amsterdam, began his career at the Amsterdam Botanical Garden where he worked his way up to the position of head gardener in charge of the experimental garden. Meyer arrived in America in 1901, and obtained work with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). When his returned from a collecting trip in Mexico in 1904, David Fairchild (1869-1954) of the Foreign Plant Introduction Section of the USDA hired Meyer to make a collecting trip to China. This began a 13-year odyssey that led to the introduction of more than 2,000 species of plants. In an arrangement between Charles S. Sargent and Fairchild, Meyer sent the Arnold Arboretum trees and shrubs of ornamental value along with his photographs of plants and landscapes.
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