Plain Ol’ Charlie Deam: Pioneer Indiana Botanist

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Reprinted 1994. Hard cover (cloth w/ dust jacket), 6 x 9 inches, 1.1 lbs, 183 pages, 20 photos, notes section, bibliography, index



A must read for anyone interested in Indiana history and the landscape — more than just a book about plants. Deam, who was a druggist in Bluffton, Indiana, spent every spare moment scouring the State in search of our seed plants and ferns. In half a century he traveled an estimated 100,000 miles, including every township, and this was before the roads were good. He eventually was appointed state forester (Indiana’s first), a position he held for many years. In 1939, he published his magnum opus Flora of Indiana one of the best state floristic accounts ever. He also authored books covering the grasses, shrubs, and trees of Indiana.

The author, a former editor of the Lafayette Journal and Courier, met the aging Deam when he occasionally visited the Kriebel family home in southern Indiana. Kriebel has authored several others books on Indiana.

“I highly recommend this book, interesting in botanical detail and fun for anyone. (There is a naughty irreverence that I enjoy.)” – The Michigan Botanist

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