John Thomas Howell

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John Thomas Howell
John Thomas Howell (American Botanist).jpg
Scientific career
InstitutionsCalifornia Academy of Sciences

John Thomas Howell (November 6, 1903[1] – May 7, 1994[2]) was an American botanist and taxonomist. He became an expert of Eriogonum (buckwheat) species, which are widely represented in the native California flora.

He was the assistant of Alice Eastwood (1859−1953), the renowned botanist and botanical collection director at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco, California.

Taxa named for Howell[edit]

The genera Howellanthus (Scott Mountain phacelia) of the Boraginaceae and Johanneshowellia (Howell's buckwheat) of the Polygonaceae family are named in his honor.[3][4]

Taxa named by Howell[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Placer County Flora Introduction Archived 2010-05-08 at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ "Remembrance of John Thomas Howell", in Flora of North America newsletter, vol.8, no.3
  3. ^ Eriogonoideae (Polygonaceae) of North America north of Mexico: Johanneshowellia[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ James R. Reveal Johanneshowellia (Polygonaceae: Eriogonoideae), a new genus from the Intermountain West, Brittonia 56(4):299–306, 2004
  5. ^ IPNI.  J.T.Howell.