Atanasio Echeverría y Godoy

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Echeveria leucotricha, a plant of the genus named after Echeverría

Atanasio Echeverría y Godoy was an 18th-century Mexican botanical artist and naturalist who trained at the Royal Art Academy in Mexico. The genus Echeveria was named in his honour by Augustin Pyramus de Candolle.

Royal Botanical Expedition[edit]

In Mexico City in 1787, Echeverría joined Martin de Sessé y Lacasta and Mariano Mociño Suárez de Figueroa on their Royal Botanical Expedition to New Spain, which had the goal of compiling a great inventory of fauna and flora of New Spain.[1] In 1791, he continued onto the California portion of the expedition, where he made images of 200 plant species. In 1794, he traveled to the Caribbean with Sessé and botanist Jaime Senseve. The group landed in Havana, Cuba, and later traveled to Puerto Rico.[2]

Because of political instability in New Spain caused by the Napoleonic Wars, the project was not completed, and Echeverría left the expedition in 1797.[2]

Guantanamo Commission and later life[edit]

Echeverría then joined the Guantanamo Commission under Conte de Mopox y Jaruco, which traveled across Cuba. On this expedition, 3,700 specimens were collected and 27 new species described. Afterwards, Echeverría briefly traveled to Madrid before returning to Mexico and becoming an art director at the Academy of San Carlos.[2]

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  1. ^ Cañizares‐Esguerra, Jorge (2004-09-01). "The Torner Collections of Sessé and Mociño: Biological Illustrations". Isis. 95 (3): 495–496. doi:10.1086/429008. ISSN 0021-1753.
  2. ^ a b c "Echeverría y Godoy, Atanasio (fl. 1771-1803)". Global Plants. Retrieved 2019-07-24.

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