Classifying Fungi

What famous children’s author studied and drew illustrations of fungi?

English author Beatrix Potter (1866–1943), perhaps best known for having written The Tale of Peter Rabbit in 1902, began drawing and painting fungi in 1888. She eventually completed a collection of almost 300 detailed watercolors, which are now in the Armitt Library in Ambleside, England. In 1897, she prepared a scientific paper on the germination of Agaricineae spores for a meeting of the Linnean Society of London. Although Potter’s findings were originally rejected, experts now consider her ideas correct.


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