John H[oward] Redfield


John Muir



[in margin: 572]

see your observations on the Sequoia? This reminds me that Tho. Meehan one of our ablest botanists – who has given special attention to the study & the cultivation of the Coniferae – is very desirous to obtain a quantity of cones of the various forms of [underlined: Pinus aristata]. Murray described a P. Balf[illegible] from Mt. Shasta – which Meehan believes to be only a narrow- coned from of P. aristata - & he desires material to decide this question. Will you keep this in mind – the coming season – or if you have any – send them to me by express? I now wish that you had numbered the plants you sent me – that I might more readily refer to any particular species – in correspondence - & get exact localities. Yours very truly John H. Redfield

[in margin: Redfield]



Phila. Feb 12 1876

John Muir 1419 Taylor St. San Francisco

My dear Sir

I have your favor of 27th [illegible], & thank you for the imformation – respecting the habitats of the two species of Botrychium which you sent. These facts extend the province of each of these species beyond our previous knowledge. The smaller species – I regard as B. simplex. Parry found it in 1873 near Yellowstone Lake – the farthest west – up to that time. It occurs in Central Europe - & in scattered localities in Canada & northern states – and seems to be one of those species – widely distributed but common no where – or if common eludes detection by its small size. The other large Botrychium, I was

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surprised to see. I consider it B. ternatum S[illegible] [illegible]. Under B. ternatum are now included – those forms heretofore known as B. Obligunm B. Lunarioids & B. dipectum. P[illegible] had a Botrychium from Sitcha N. W. coast which he called B. sil[illegible] – which is now referred to this species – so that this polymorphous species – seems to go nearly round the world – where conditions are favorable. Among the Cheilanthes which you sent – were two fronds – quite different from the rest – which were novel to me. I sent one of them to Prof. Eaton – who says it is his C. Cooperse – first sent him a year or two ago – collected by Miss Cooper - in Southern Calif. - if I recollect rightly. It is very desirable to get more of this & I hope you will be on the watch for it. It is characterized by having the [illegible] be[illegible] – [underlined: not] with scales or wool, but with [underlined: rigid] [underlined: glandular] [underlined: haris.] Baker


mistook it for the C. vestila of the middle States – but it is quite different from that. You also sent a few specimens of Poly- podium (Pheg[illegible]) alpestre – very accept able – of which I should be glad to get more. In 1872 I collected quite a quantity of pine specimens of Polypodium Scouleri from crevices of rocks at Sancelito, but my stock is quite exhausted - & I should be very glad of more. I found it on ledges cropping out – [deleted: half] on the eastern flanks of the bare hills – half way or more towards the highest summits. Of your phanerogamous plants, I have gave but a little ways through – in close examination – but I already see some puzzling things - & several species new to me. I am sorry to hear that the Overland Monthly is suspended. I have read so many pleasant articles of yours there – in – that I miss it. When shall we


Phila[delphia, Penn]

Date Original

1876 Feb 12


Original letter dimensions: 20.5 x 26 cm.

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