Frere Arsene Brouard – New Mexico’s Forgotten Botanist

College of Santa Fe Professor Emeritus David Johnson will discuss the botanical life of Brother Gerfroy Arsène Brouard. Brother Arsène belonged to a Catholic teaching order and was an internationally known botanical collector 100 years ago but now is little-known outside circles of academic botany. He arrived in New Mexico in 1926 with 30 years of botanical experience in France, Mexico, Cuba, and several areas of the United States with his botanical reputation well established. In short, he contributed more than 40,000 plant specimens to herbaria around the world, including 10,000 from northern New Mexico. Hundreds of his specimens were new to science and 24 new species were named for him.