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Volume 5 of the report, entitled "Botany ", is by Sereno Watson. The illustrations of the plants are not identical to our drawings which are likely to be Watson's fieldwork drawings of Western American plants being discovered and named for the first time.
Hailed as the first of the " Great Surveys " of the Fortieth Parallel, Clarence King's vision was to survey across the West from the crest of the Sierra Nevada to the western slope of the Rockies. During five seasons between 1867-69 Watson collected over 19,000 plant specimans in Nevada and Utah. Many of these now form part of the Smithsonian's botanical collection at the National Museum of Natural History.
|Height||11.50 inch||(29.21 cm)|
|Width||7.10 inch||(18.03 cm)|