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NYBG press publishes final volume of landmark 'Intermountain Flora' series

Holmgren died in 1992. Dr. Reveal withdrew from the project to concentrate on his specialty, the genus Eriogonum (his treatment of the plant family that includes this vast genus is part of the final volume). Noel and Patricia Holmgren, however, have remained dedicated to seeing the series through to the end.

Although the new volume completes the treatment of the plants of the region, the Holmgrens are not quite finished with the project. They have already begun work on a supplement, which will include keys to all of the Intermountain plant families, a cumulative index for all eight volumes, a short history of the project, and photographs of many of those who made their field collections available for study.

"A project like this could only be undertaken at a major botanical institution that has the most comprehensive collection of relevant plant specimens in the world, an outstanding botanical library, and an administration that is willing to support a long-term project like this," Dr. Patricia Holmgren said.

As the final "Intermountain Flora" volume went to press, the Holmgrens' scientific accomplishments were recognized by the American Society of Plant Taxonomists, which awarded them the 2012 Asa Gray Award for outstanding lifetime achievement. The award is named for the most important American botanist of the 19th century.

In addition to the Holmgrens' work on "Intermountain Flora," the Society cited them for their long stewardship of the "Index Herbariorum," a comprehensive listing of the world's approximately 3,400 herbaria (plant research collections) and the roughly 10,000 curators who run them. The Holmgrens co-edited the index for many years, seeing it through several print editions and then creating an online database (

Apart from their work together, each has also had a distinguished individual career. Dr. Patricia Holmgren, who received her P

Contact: Stevenson Swanson
The New York Botanical Garden

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