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Edwin H. Eames


"In quest of recreation", the American botanist Edwin H. Eames, and his companion Dr. Charles C. Godfrey, botanized the Bay of Islands area for three weeks between July 20 and August 10, 1908, before returning home via Port aux Basques.

While in the Bay of Islands area, these two adventurers payed special attention to the serpentine barrens of the Blow-me-Down Mountains, as well as to a number of the local "limestone" cliffs and scree slopes. Altogether, they collected about 400 species and varieties of the local flora.

"Limestone species" recorded included: Northern Anemone (Anemone parviflora), Laurentian Primrose (Primula laurentiana), Lapland Rosebay (Rhododendron lapponicum), and Small Tofieldia (Tofieldia pusilla).

Before leaving Newfoundland, Eames carefully observed and described the Pink Crowberry [NOT a "limestone plant"] (which was eventually named Empetrum eamesii in his honour) (Eames 1909: 95).





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