Red Headed Stepchild
(The Barrett family memoir of Navy Life)
by Sophie Ruth Meranski with photos


87-1357 Main site of Lactoris fernadeziana extremely rare paleoherb on El Yunque cliff, Mas-A-Tierra {Robinson Crusoe Island} Juan Ferndandez group Chile
photo by professor Delbert Wiens, University of Utah January-February 1990. He accompanied Tod Stuessy and Dan Crawford of Ohio State to Juan Fernandez island - helped explore inaccessible steep clifff which is principal site of extremely rare genus and species wind pollinated and seed -dispersed. Wiens grew several plants from the difficult tiny seed, and molecular tests showed relation to Aristolochia and Asarum "Dutchmans breeches and 'wild ginger" HE TOOK ONE LACTORIS PLANT TO KEW ROYAL BOTANIC GARDENS, RICHMOND, SURREY, ENGLAND, WHERE CURATOR TONY HALL 1999 REPORTS PLANT IS BLOOMING IN ALPINE PLANTS COLLECTION.
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Year: 1990