May 19

Can you name this important woman whose birthday is May 19?

Catherine ("Kate") Furbish (born May 19, 1834) was an American botanist who devoted her life to documenting, collecting, drawing and  carefully and accurately committing to watercolor the native flora of Maine.  She never married.  She donated her 16 folio volumes of watercolors to Bowdoin College, who recently published some of her collection: https://rowman.com/ISBN/9781442253766/Plants-and-Flowers-of-Maine-Kate-Furbish's-Watercolors.

Her large collection of dried plants went to the New England Botanical Club, which placed it in the Gray Herbarium at Harvard University, and her collection of ferns went to the Portland Society of Natural History. Two of her own botanical discoveries bear her name: Aster cordifolius L., var. furbishiae, and Pedicularis furbishiae, the Furbish lousewort.

The book Wildflowers of Maine documenting her work is set to be released in July 2017.

Sources:

Wikipedia

Encyclopedia Britannica

 

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