the Beach Evening-Primrose is another plant named for Thomas Drummond, (ca. 1790-1835), one of my favorite early Texas Naturalists. It is one of the early plants to bloom in the spring (March 22). Notice all of last year’s brown vegetation.
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Thomas Drummond was born in Scotland, around 1790. In 1825 he was invited to be part of a 5 man British expedition to collect plants in the Arctic. His job was to collect plants in Western Canada. For two and a half years, he traveled up and down rivers in a large canoe with an Indian guide collecting plants. Once the boat became stuck in ice and he had to eat some of the bird skins that he had so carefully collected. When he returned home, he wrote two books about mosses. in 1828 he returned to St. Louis to be manager of the botannical gardens. While here, he heard of the work of Jean Louis Berlandier , the first Naturalist to make large collections in Texas. In March, 1833, he arrived at Velasco, Texas to begin his collecting work in that area. He spent twenty-one months working the area between Galveston Island and the Edwards Plateau, especially along the Brazos, Colorado, and Guadalupe rivers.
His collections were some of the first made in Texas that were extensively distributed among the museums and scientific instiutions of the world. He collected 750 species of plants and 150 specimens of birds. Drummond had hoped to make a complete botanical survey of Texas, but he died in Havana, Cuba, in 1835, under curious circumstances while presumable making a collecting tour of that island.
Oenothera drummondii Hook.
Beach evening-primrose, Beach evening primrose
Onagraceae (Evening-Primrose Family)
USDA Symbol: OEDR
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
There is another Beach evening-primrose distributed along the western coast of the US, but that is another story.
USDA, NRCS. 2009. The PLANTS Database . National Plant Data Center, Baton Rouge, LA 70874-4490 USA.
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