Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Palisot de Beauvois: Lotus

Nymphaea lotus, colloquially known as Tiger Lotus or Egyptian White Water-lily

A few facts about Ambroise Marie Fran├žois Joseph Palisot (July 27, 1752 - January 21, 1820)
1. Palisot trained and worked as a lawyer, but later studied botany.
2. He collected insects in Africa, the Caribbean, and the United States.
3. In the United States, his collecting expeditions went as far west as the Ohio River and as far south as Savannah, Georgia. He has a particular interest in cryptogamic plants.
4. For a time in the United States, he was completely impoverished. To earn money, in Philadelphia he joined a circus as a musician.
5. Although many of his collections were lost in a shipwreck in 1798, some materials and sketches survived. From these he was able to publish work in France from 1805 until his death.
One more fact: he was notoriously anti-abolitionist.

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