The first "discovery" by a European was by Carl Friedrich Schmidt, a.k.a. F. Schmidt, a.k.a. Fedor Bogdanovich (1832-1908), the Baltic German botanist, on the Russian island of Sakhalin in 1866, but he did not introduce it to Europe. The plant was re-discovered by the English plant-collector, Charles Maries in 1877 near Aomori on the main Japanese island of Honshū, who initially thought it to be a variety of Abies veitchii.
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