The pages of the classic Flora of North America, (1838- 1843), by John Torrey and Asa Gray, contain approximately 200 references to plants from Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Arkansas, and Texas, collected by a certain Dr. Leavenworth….He was indeed the author of a number of botanical papers, but the promise of his early years was never fulfilled. His work is of interest to modern students chiefly because of the material from the then inaccessible "West" and "Southwest", which he contributed to Torrey. He spent about five years at frontier posts in western Louisiana and what is now southeastern Oklahoma, and more than two years in northern Florida, and doubtless collected and turned over to Torrey considerably more than the 200 specimens that are singled out for individual mention in the Flora.
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"The Travels And Botanical Collections Of Dr. Melines Conkling Leavenworth,"
Field and Laboratory: Vol. 15
Available at: https://scholar.smu.edu/fieldandlab/vol15/iss2/3