Sarah Frances Price

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Sarah Frances Price
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BornSarah Frances Price Edit this on Wikidata
1849 Edit this on Wikidata
Evansville Edit this on Wikidata
Died3 July 1903 Edit this on Wikidata
Bowling Green Edit this on Wikidata
OccupationScientific illustrator, botanist, writer edit this on wikidata

Sarah Frances Price (1849-July 3, 1903) was an American botanist and scientific illustrator. Price discovered many rare plants and is credited with classifying a large portion of Kentucky's flora.[1] Also an artist, she drew about fifteen hundred southern plants in pencil and watercolor. The standard author abbreviation S.F.Price is used to indicate this person as the author when citing a botanical name.[2]


Price was born in 1849 in Evansville, Indiana, the third child of Alexander Price and Maria Price.[3] Soon after Price was born, her family moved to Kentucky. With the onset of the American Civil War, the family moved to Indiana and taught at church-run schools including the Episcopal Church school St. Agnes Hall. At the end of the Civil War, the Prices returned to Bowling Green, Kentucky.

During her career, Price published over forty scientific papers.[3] A lifelong botanist, she had a private herbarium with about 2000 plants in it. Several of her drawings were showcased at the World's Columbian Exposition, where she won several awards. Price drew over one-hundred fifty birds, and over one thousand plants. She also discovered several new species, including plants in the genera Aster, Apios, Cornus, Clematis and Oxalis. In 1897, she published her best known work, Fern Collectors Handbook and Herbarium. Five species are named after her: Apios priceana, Cornus priceae, Viola priceana Symphyotrichum priceae and Oxalis priceana.[4][5][6]

Price died on the 3rd of July 1903.[7]


  1. ^ The American Naturalist. Essex Institute. 1904.
  2. ^ IPNI.  S.F.Price.
  3. ^ a b Lovell, Harvey B. (1959-02-01). "Biographical Sketch of Sadie Price". The Kentucky warbler. 35: 20–37 – via Biodiversity Heritage Library.
  4. ^ "Sarah Price". Women's Work. Retrieved 2017-11-19.
  5. ^ "Sarah Frances Price" (PDF). University of North Carolina Chapel Press.
  6. ^ N.L. Britton. Manual of the flora of the northern states and Canada. 1901. [1]
  7. ^ "Sarah Frances Price". The Fern bulletin. 12: 25. 1904-01-01 – via Biodiversity Heritage Library.

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