Plants Inspired by People

And it was on this day in 1950 that The Ithaca Journal out of Ithaca New York published a question from a reader.
 
The reader wanted an answer to this question:
Please list a few plants that are named for people.
The answer:
The poinsettia was named 'for Joel R. Poinsett, a famous statesman.
 
Wisteria is named in honor of Caspar Wistar, a distinguished physician, and scientist of Philadelphia.
 
Leonard Fuchs, a German botanist, discovered the 'plant known as fuchsia, while William Forsyth, a Scotch botanist, is responsible for the name of forsythia.
 
The name of Louis Antoine de Bougainville, a French soldier and explorer, is perpetuated in the bougainvillea.
 
The paulownia is named for the Grand Duchess Anna Pavlovna, daughter of Czar Paul I.


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