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PURSH, Frederick, botanist, born in Tobolsk, Siberia, in 1774; died in Montreal, Canada, 11 June, 1820. He was educated at Dresden, came to this country in 1799, and spent twelve years in botanical explorations in the United States. He visited England in 1811, and published "Flora Americaae Septentrionalis, or a Systematic Arrangement and Description of the Plants of North America" (2 vols., 8vo, London, 1814). He then returned, and died while he was collecting materials for a flora of Canada. His manuscript journal still exists. Until superseded by Torrey and Gray's "Flora of North America," Pursh's work was the most important on the botany of North America.
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