Edward Palmer

Edward Palmer

(1831-1911) Edward Palmer was a ground-breaking doctor and botanist who collected extensively off the beaten path in the Americas, describing many new species as well as the local cultures. He is regarded as “the father of ethnobotany”, having collected information on indigenous uses of plants in North and South America in the late 1800s.

Palmer was particularly interested in plants that could help mankind, that would provide medicine, food and other useful materials.  He also set up plant collection and reporting techniques that are still used today. He collected over 100,000 specimens which are now housed in the Smithsonian, Harvard collections, the British Museum and many others.

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