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Scientist David Douglas (1799-1834)

Scottish botanist. Douglas made three trips to North America, the second expedition starting in 1824 was his most successful. He was sent on a plant hunting expedition to the Pacific Northwest by the Royal Horticultural Society. He is best known as the namesake of the Douglas Fir, which he introduced into cultivationin 1827. Other notable introductions include Sitka Spruce, Sugar Pine, Western White Pine, Ponderosa Pine, Lodgepole Pine, Monterey Pine, Grand Fir, Noble Fir and several other conifers. These transformed the British landscape and the timber industry. He also introduced numerous garden shrubs and herbs such as the Flowering Currant, Lupin and California Poppy. Altogether he introduced about 240 species of plants to Britain.

Also see hybridizer David Douglas for botanical authorship list.

Iris publications:

Douglas, D., (1829), Bot. Reg. t. 1218. I. tenax.

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Topic revision: r1 - 24 Feb 2016, Harloiris
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