Live and act
Together with his brother Thomas Lobb , William Lobb worked as a plant collector for the Veitch & Sons company from 1840 to 1848 in Brazil , Argentina , Chile , Peru , Colombia and Ecuador and from 1849 to 1857 in California and Oregon .
Among other things, he brought Araucaria imbricata , Begonia coccinea , Berberis darwinii , Cynoches pentadactylon , Patagonian cypress ( Fitzroya cupressoides ), Passiflora actinea and Phalaenopsis amabilis to Europe . Lobb published his reports and discoveries in botanical journals such as Curtis's Botanical Magazine .
In the Santa Lucia Mountains in California, he collected seeds of the coastal redwood tree ( Sequoia sempervirens ). He gave the material to his colleague John Lindley , who evaluated it. Just two weeks later he reported about another species of sequoia under the name Wellingtonia gigantea , named after the Duke of Wellington, who had died a year earlier . It is the giant sequoia with today's taxon Sequoiadendron giganteum .
- Joseph Ewan: William Lobb. Plant hunter for veitch and messenger of the big tree . University of California Press, Berkeley Cal. 1973, ( University of California publications in botany 67, ).
- Ellsworth P. Killip: The botanical collections of William Lobb in Colombia . Smithsonian Institution, Washington 1932, ( Smithsonian Institution Press publication 3133), ( Smithsonian miscellaneous collections 87, 1, ).
|BRIEF DESCRIPTION||American botanist|
|DATE OF BIRTH||1809|
|PLACE OF BIRTH||Cornwall , England|
|DATE OF DEATH||1864|
|Place of death||San Francisco|