Remembering Botanist Richard Walter Pohl and his Love for Costa Rica

Richard Walter Pohl

“When Richard died in 1993, one of his graduate students observed something uncanny: all the Costa Rican bamboo Richard had brought to the University Greenhouse were blooming.” May 21, 1916 On this day, botanist Richard Walter Pohl was born. Richard was an expert on the grasses of temperate and tropical America. He was an avid…

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The Botanist Agnes Chase: “Grass is What Holds the Earth Together.”

Agnes Chase with specimens

“Grass is what holds the earth together. Grass made it possible for the human race to abandon his cave life and follow herds. Civilization was based on grass, everywhere in the world.” April 29, 1869 On this day, the botanist Agnes Chase, was born. Agnes was an agrostologist; a studier of grass. A self-taught botanist,…

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