Edward Johnston Alexander

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Edward Johnston Alexander
Born (1901-07-31)July 31, 1901
Asheville, North Carolina
Died August 18, 1985(1985-08-18) (aged 84)
Fields Botany
Institutions New York Botanical Garden
Author abbrev. (botany) Alexander

Edward Johnston Alexander (July 31, 1901 – August 18, 1985) was an American botanist[1] who discovered three species and one genus, but only named one of them.[2] He was born in Asheville, North Carolina and studied at North Carolina State University from 1919 to 1923, though he failed to graduate.[3] He was a longtime assistant and curator at New York Botanical Garden, originally under the guidance of John Kunkel Small.[4] While at the Botanic Garden, he served as an editor of the Garden's botanical journal Addisonia for about thirty years, until the journal ceased publication in 1964.

Alexander undertook several botanical expeditions in his lifetime, including to Pecos, Texas with J.K. Small and the southern Appalachians and the Rocky Mountains with Thomas H. Everett. His most successful expedition was to southern Mexico from 1944 to 1945. On that trip, he collected around 1,600 specimens and 1,000 seeds and roots for the herbarium and propagation houses at the New York Botanical Garden.[3]

Alexander never married. He died in 1985.[3]

Plant discoveries[edit]


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  • The Flora of the Unicorn Tapestries
  • Succulent Plants of New and Old World Deserts
  • The New York Botanical Garden – Trees-Shrubs
  • List of Seeds Distributed to Subscribers of the Southern Appalachian Expedition of the New York Botanical Garden 1933
  • Compositae – Heliantheae – Coreopsidinae
  • North American Flora. Series II: Part 2: Compositae. Heliantheae. Coreopsidinae
  • Report of the Southern Appalachian Expedition
  • Family Compositae, Tribe Heliantheae, Subtribe Coreopsidinae[5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Database (n.d.). "Index of Botanists – Alexander, Edward Johnston". Harvard University Herbaria. Retrieved February 14, 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c d e Database (n.d.). "Index of Botanical Specimens – E. J. Alexander". Harvard University Herbaria. Retrieved February 14, 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c Barneby, Rupert C. (November 1986), "Deaths: Edward Johnston Alexander", Taxon, 35 (4): 934 
  4. ^ Taxonomic Literature II Online (n.d.). "Edward Johnston Alexander". Smithsonian Institution Libraries. Retrieved October 28, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Edward Johnston Alexander". via Google Books. Retrieved February 6, 2012. 
  6. ^ IPNI.  Alexander. 

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