Discovered in the Notes for Nature project, this Carex sample, be it rosea or socialis, might initially seem unremarkable. But look closer… there’s a sad-but-heartwarming story there. See it?

The collector, Philip E. Hyatt, is known for adding quirks to his descriptions. But here, he took a somber moment to subtly honor his father by adding “son of Richard E. Hyatt” to his name. Note the collection date (May 1, 1999) and the birth/death dates given for the elder Mr. Hyatt (1941-1999) …

It’s clear that Philip Hyatt lost his father fairly shortly before taking this sample, and took a moment to honor him while writing up the description. A thoughtful gesture, Philip. I’m sure Dad would be proud.

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