Characters in Arctostaphylos taxonomy

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There is value in understanding the past and how it has affected the present. Science focuses on empirical findings, and we know that our prior experiences and those of our predecessors play important roles in determining how we interpret the present. We learn from accomplishments and foibles of predecessors and appreciate the real life experiences we have gone through. In our studies of the genus Arctostaphylos Adans. we have been struck by the fascinating stories surrounding taxonomists who have played roles in the development of our current understanding of the group. In addition to providing insights, they sometimes provide humor and lessons on the value of competition versus collaboration. We offer this history of the humans that forged the taxonomy behind Arctostaphylos classification in this light.

Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Characters in Arctostaphylos taxonomy
Series title Madroño
DOI 10.3120/0024-9637-64.4.138
Volume 64
Issue 4
Year Published 2017
Language English
Publisher California Botanical Society
Contributing office(s) Western Ecological Research Center
Description 16 p.
First page 138
Last page 153
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