Expedition History, 1921-1922

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  • Ames, Oakes 1874-1950
  • Standley, Paul Carpenter 1884-1963
  • United States National Museum
  • New York Botanical Garden
  • Harvard University Gray Herbarium


  • This is an expedition history. It does not describe actual records. The Smithsonian Institution Archives uses these histories as brief accounts of expeditions to set it in its historical context. If we have identified SIA collections containing documentation of this expedition, they will be listed under "components," or "see more items in," below. Clicking on those links will open a brief description of relevant records.
  • Annual Report of the Smithsonian Institution, 1922, pages 17, 37
  • Explorations and Field-Work of the Smithsonian Institution, 1922, pages 63-70
  • This expedition was part of a series of expeditions in cooperation with the United States National Museum (USNM), the New York Botanical Garden, and the Gray Herbarium of Harvard University. The purpose of this expedition was to increase the amount of botanical collections from Central America. Paul Carpenter Standley, USNM Department of Botany was collected for the Smithsonian Institution. The expedition spent the first five months in El Salvador, making the bulk of the collections; after which they spent the remaining time collecting in Guatemala. The conditions in El Salvador were not conducive to collecting as a result of the clearing of land for coffee production. The expedition paid special attention to the vernacular names in El Salvador and gathered information about economic uses of plants of the region. Collections of orchids were made for Oakes Ames for his studies. The remaining collections were divided among the sponsoring organizations.

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  • 1921
  • 1921-1922


  • Plant names, Popular
  • Botanical specimens
  • Collection and preservation
  • Botanical specimens--Collection and preservation


  • Central America
  • El Salvador
  • Guatemala


Mixed archival materials

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SIA AH00424

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