British Museum (Nat. Hist)
[Aug. 17, 1905]
-Re. D. Luis Nee. Have just been looking at his orig. descrip. [original description] of Quercus lobata and agrifolia in Anales de Ciencias Naturales, Tom III, 1801 (P. 277 and 201 respectively). As to Quercus agrifolia, he meant to so write it, and makes reference to Plukenet tab. 196 fig. 3 which shows a holly branch! Taking Plukenet's citation of Dodoeus we find in that author's "Stirpium Historiae Pemptades" p. 746, that he heads Cap.XX: "De Agrifolio." Below this a wood cut of the holly has the legend "Agrifolium." Later on, he says: Agrifolium hunc fruticetum arborescentum Latini vocant." This fine old
Aug. 17, 1905
folio was printed at Antwerp, 1565, "Ex officina Christophori Plantinii."
Re. early history of Quercus agrifolia: Greene thinks the tree cited by Venegaz in his Natural and Civil History of California: "In the country's not yet settled lying between the Colorado River and the coasts of Monterey and Cape Mendocino, fathers Kino and Juan de Torquemada relate that there is a great number of large trees, holms, pines, and black and white poplars." Sargent casts doubt on this suggestion and says it, the word holm, may well apply to Engelmann Oak, or Wislizenii as to Agrifolia. I think Greene right. The first