Monarda russeliana, Dotted-flowered Monarda, White Beebalm, Russel's Monarda, Russel's Beebalm.
Monarda russeliana, Dotted-flowered Monarda, White Beebalm, Russel's Monarda, Russel's Beebalm is limited in range to northeast Texas, eastern Oklahoma, a Kansas location and adjacent counties in western Arkansas. It was collected by Thomas Nuttall in 1819, and he sent seeds onto England, where it was grown by 1824. In his Travels into the Arkansa Territory, Nuttall honored Dr. Thomas Russel, from Massachusetts, a hospital surgeon's mate who joined the army in 1814 and died, August 24, 1819 at the garrison at Fort Smith. Nuttall writes (p. 199): "It is with a satisfaction, clouded by melancholy, that I now call to mind the agreeable hours I spent at this station, while accompanied by the friendly aid and kind participation of Dr. Russel, whose memory I have faintly endeavoured to commemorate in the specific name of a beautiful species of Monarda. But relentless death, whose ever-withering hand delights to pluck the fairest flowers, added, in the fleeting space of a few short days, another early trophy to his mortal garland; and Russel, the only hope of a fond and widowed mother, the last of his name and family, now sleeps obscurely in unhallowed earth! Gentle Reader, forgive this tribute of sympathy to the recollection of one, whom fully to know was surely to esteem, as a gentleman, an accomplished scholar, and a sincere admirer of the simple beauties of the field of nature."
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