Cyrus Pringle’s Collecting Notebooks Now Online

Cyrus Pringle’s field notebooks are now scanned and available online through the University of Vermont Bailey-Howe Library’s ScholarWorks site:

Pringle’s notebooks detail his daily activities from 1885 to 1909, including his extensive plant collecting trips in Mexico each year.  Pringle wrote about the plants he collected, the places he visited, and even his health.  Here are a few samples from February 1909, just two years before his death:

I complete preparations for my journey and about 6.40 P.M. take train for Montreal to go by way of Detroit, St. Louis and Laredo to Monterey.

Again we visit the Sacro Monte of Amecameca [sp.?], called back by a species of Cestrum strange to me of which I brought back a few specimens the other day.  I find a few plants, not in flower, so we gather lichens not to lose our journey.

Returned we are shocked to learn that Dr. Ramos died suddenly this morning.  We have lost a friend.

In the morning I go out to Tizapan and gather additional material of Marchantia.  In the afternoon we attend a bullfight in the great bullring near Chapultepec, the fighter famous and the bulls imported from Spain.

These books are held in the Pringle Herbarium’s historical archives and have never before been available for viewing to the general public.  Helen Burns Davis transcribed much, but not all, of the content of these notebooks in her biography of Pringle, “The Life & Works of Cyrus Guernsey Pringle,” copies of which are also held at the Pringle Herbarium.

We are very grateful to the wonderful folks at UVM’s Bailey-Howe library for their work scanning these notebooks and making them available online.


Pussy Willow


The artist of this whimsical piece is unknown, although it is initialed W.M. Beautiful!

The artist of this whimsical piece is unknown, although it is initialed W.M.

Nursery Rhyme: I Know A Little Pussy

I know a little pussy,

Her coat is silver gray

She lives down in the meadow,

Not very far away.

Though she is a pussy,

She’ll never be a cat,

She is a pussy willow.

Now what do you think of that?

Meow, meow, meow, meow,

Meow, meow, meow, skat!

Magnificent Manihot

This genus is a member of the family Euphorbiaceae. You may be familiar with Cassava (Manihot esculenta), a plant that is commonly cultivated for it starchy root in tropical and subtropical regions of the world; when dried and ground, it is referred to as tapioca. The exquisite palmately lobed leaves in this genus are featured below.

Manihot caudata

Manihot caudata

Manihot intermedia

Manihot intermedia

Manihot subspicata

Manihot subspicata