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Dr. Moses Cousins Jr.: The mysterious Iowa contributor to Alphonso Wood’s Class-book of Botany
- Lammers, Thomas G.
- Brittonia 2017 v.69 no.3 pp. 253-264
- death, medicine, plant taxonomy, wood, Iowa, Vermont
- Thirty-eight plant names were explicitly ascribed to Iowa in Alphonso Wood’s Class-book of Botany. Fourteen represented the first report from the state for their species, while eight reports were likely erroneous. In the preface, Wood acknowledged “Dr. Cousens,” not otherwise identified, as the source of his specimens from Iowa. Circumstantial evidence suggests that this was Moses Cousins Jr., born in Vermont in 1827, who practiced medicine at Albia in Monroe County, Iowa, from 1850 until his death in 1868.