Hippeastrum traubii

1950   On this day, a very unusual dwarf Amaryllis species was collected in Peru by the eminent botanist, Dr. Ramon Ferreyra ("feh-REY-rah").
Dr. Ferreyra sent the bulbs to another botanist, Dr. Hamilton P. Traub, in the United States.
Unfortunately, the bulbs experienced frost while they were in the mail. Some of the bulbs were totally destroyed, the surviving bulbs all had been damaged.
It took almost 18 months for Dr. Traub to nurse the frosted plants back to health. In recognition of his patience and skill, the Amaryllis was named Hippeastrum traubii.
 

 


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Dr. Ramon Ferreyra
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