Cacti notes

Usage Conditions Apply
The Smithsonian Institution Archives welcomes personal and educational use of its collections unless otherwise noted. For commercial uses, please contact

Narrow Your Results


Filter Your Results

Smithsonian Secretaries Information

Close Browse records and papers of the Smithsonian Secretaries, from 1846 until today. Pre-set filters help narrow searches by individuals who have held that office.

Expeditions Information

Close Browse records and papers documenting scientific and collecting expeditions either affiliated with the Smithsonian, or with which Smithsonian researchers participated. Pre-set filters help narrow searches by geographic regions predominantly represented in expedition records.

Professional Societies Information

Close Browse records of professional societies closely associated with the Smithsonian, that focus on areas of scientific research and museum studies. Pre-set filters help narrow searches by major topics and disciplines.


This field book consists of the field notes of D. Griffiths, mainly on cacti observed and collected in California, Arizona, Texas, and Mexico, 1905. Entries consist of narrative accounts of collecting activities and observations interspersed with entries on specimens collected. Specimen entries generally include collector number (7980 - 8186), scientific name, and notes on physical description (joints, flower color, fruit color, etc.), abundance / rarity, blooming period, and other observations. Emphasis seems to have been placed on fruit. Throughout the book are markings that appear to show that a cross-section of cactus fruit was pressed / stamped on the page to indicate shape. These shapes have been outlined and added to in pencil. Also included in the book is a very faded photographic image of a cactus. Localities include: Santa Ana (CA), Riverside (CA), San Diego (CA), Tucson (AZ), Cardenas (Mexico), San Antonio (TX), Zacatecas (Mexico), Gutierrez (Mexico), Guadalajara (Mexico), and others.

Date Range


Start Date

Jul 03, 1905

End Date

Nov 07, 1905

Access Information

At least 24 hours advance notice is recommended to consult this collection. Contact the Department of Botany at 202-633-0920 to make an appointment.


  • Cactus
  • Plants
  • Botany


  • San Diego
  • United States
  • Tucson
  • Texas
  • Mexico
  • California
  • Zacatecas
  • Arizona
  • Riverside


  • Fieldbook record
  • Field notes
  • Black-and-white photographs
  • Sketches

Accession #

SIA Acc. 11-106

Collection name

David Griffiths field books, 1897-1923

Physical Description

1 field book

Physical Location

National Museum of Natural History (U.S.). Main Library


Box 1 Folder 5