Constantine Rafinesque
(The Controversial Titan of American Natural History)

Constantine Samuel Rafinesque-Schmaltz was an eccentric naturalist who generated thousands of new names for plant species and genera. His overenthusiasm for seeing novelty in nature resulted in him being shunned by most of the scientific establishment. This presentation interweaves some fundamentals of plant naming with stories about Rafinesque's accomplishments and relationships with other scientists.

Length: 60 minutes

Series: Botany and Gardening Education

Intended Audiences: groups interested in plant names, botanical history, botany, nature

Rates: Standard presentation rates apply.

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