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Ferdinand Lindheimer: The ‘Father of Texas Botany’

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Lindheimer’s legacy lasts today. He discovered hundreds of previously unidentified plants, and his name is incorporated into the names of over four dozen plants. Even a rat snake has been named in his honor, the Pantherophis obsoletus lindheimeri. Without Lindheimer, many of Texas’ plants may have gone undiscovered for decades, and thanks to him, we know more about the environment and ecology of the state.

The Lindheimer House

Lindheimer House in New Braunfels

Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Lindheimer spent part of his life in New Braunfels, and you can visit his former home today. Run as a museum by the New Braunfels Conservation Society, the Lindheimer House gives you a chance to see history. The design of the home features many classic examples of homes built by German immigrants. The simple saltbox design looks like a box with a roof and has a full first story and a loft on the second level. This home marked the first building the New Braunfels Conservation Society worked to restore as it housed the town’s most famous citizen, Ferdinand Lindheimer, the “Father of Texas Botany.”

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