The genus Sequoia owes its taxonomic identity to Austrian botanist Stephen L. Endlicher. Research of primary material in Vienna and other locations have revealed Endlicher as a gifted linguist and botanist, who corresponded and interacted with colleagues throughout the world. These included persons who were experts on the Cherokee language and the person Sequoyah. Endlicher’s botanical work of creating eponymous taxa combined with his knowledge of the person Sequoyah throws new light on the origin of the genus Sequoia.
Muleady-Mecham, Nancy E. Ph.D.
"Endlicher and Sequoia: Determination of the Entymological Origin of the Taxon Sequoia,"
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