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Friday, 17 August 2012


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Lesley Parilla

Hi Raul,

Thank you for your comments. It's exciting to find out that the recording method Emily found in the field notes is still being used.

I will be in touch by email with information about what field notes and photographs are available in NMNH's collection.

Thanks again for contacting us!

-Lesley Parilla

Raul Puente

Hi Emily,

The fruit stamps is a great way of getting an imprint of the fruit shape. I use it a lot and I know of several pricklypear botanists who use it.

Have you come accross a picture of Dr. David Griffiths during your work with his fieldbooks?

I am a resercher at Desert Botanical Garden studying pricklypears and I am looking for a photograph of Griffiths. Are there any available in the archives?

I would appreciate any help. Also, are his fieldnotes available to researchers?


Raul Puente
Curator of Living Collections and
Research Botanist
Desert Botanical Garden
[email protected]

Emily Hunter

Hi Joe,

Thank you for your interest! We're excited to hear that you are working with Griffiths glass plate negatives.

Thanks for leaving your email address--I'll send you an email with more information on the field notes that we have for Griffiths and how to access them.

Thanks again for your interest and best of luck with the digitization project!


Joe Shaw

Hi Emily Hunter,

I enjoyed reading about the fruit stamps. Great detective work on your part.

I am converting some of David Griffiths glass negatives of cacti into positive images. I am interested in David Griffiths and his career with the Bureau of Plant Industry.

How may I access the Griffiths Field Notes?


Joe Shaw
[email protected]

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