Discovery of the Lapageria Rosea Plants
Today is the anniversary of the death of the botanist Luis Nee who died on this day in 1807.
Luis Née was a Frenchman living in Spain. He worked at the Madrid botanic garden, and he botanized in the mountain ranges of Spain.
Nee went on an expedition to South America in 1789. When he collected in Chile, he discovered the Lapageria rosea, which is now the national flower of Chile. Lapageria rosea plants, are also known as Chilean bellflowers. They are named after the Empress Josephine Lapagerie, wife of Napoleon Bonaparte.