Illustration of the Franklinia alatamaha, ca. 1786
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William Bartram, James Trenchard
Engraving on paper, and watercolors; H. 18.8 (47.7 cm), W. 13.9 in. (35.3 cm)
American Philosophical Society (Philadelphia, Pa.)
The "Franklinia alatamaha," named by William Bartram for his and his father's good friend, is a small, slender tree that bears fragrant, white blossoms in midsummer. Now extinct in its native habitat, it survives through the descendants of specimens brought back to Philadelphia by Bartram.
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