Letter from James "Jim" P. Clugston to Harold L. Moody (October 18,1961)

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Title

Letter from James "Jim" P. Clugston to Harold L. Moody (October 18,1961)

Alternative Title

Letter from Clugston to Moody (October 18, 1961)

Subject

Lake Apopka (Fla.)
Introduced organisms
Colocasia
Taro
Plants--Florida

Description

A letter of correspondence between Harold L. Moody and James "Jim" P. Clugston, both fishery biologists working for the Florida Game and Freshwater Fish Commission (merged into the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission in 1999). The letter discusses the identification of a plant specimen found near Lake Apopka by Harold L. Moody and identified by Erdman West as Taro, Colocasia esculenta. Taro is native to Africa and considered an invasive species in Florida. Taro was introduced to the Americas as a food crop for slaves. This letter may serve as evidence of the introduction of this plant to Central Florida by 1967.

Creator

Clugston, James P.

Source

Photocopy of original 1-page typewritten letter from James "Jim" P. Clugston to Harold L. Moody, October 18,1961: binder 1961, drawer 1938-1987, Friends of Lake Apopka Archives, Ginn Museum, Oakland Nature Preserve, Oakland, Florida.

Date Created

1961-10-18

Is Format Of

Digital reproduction of photocopied 1-page typewritten letter from James "Jim" P. Clugston to Harold L. Moody, October 10, 1961.

Is Part Of

Binder 1961, drawer 1938-1987, Friends of Lake Apopka Archives, Ginn Museum, Oakland Nature Preserve, Oakland, Florida.
Oakland Nature Preserve Collection, RICHES of Central Florida.

Format

image/jpg

Extent

153 KB

Medium

1-page typewritten letter on Florida Game and Fresh Water Fish Commission letterhead

Language

eng

Type

Text

Coverage

Lake Apopka, Florida
Leesburg, Florida
Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Accrual Method

Donation

Mediator

History Teacher
Science Teacher
Geography Teacher
Civics/Government Teacher

Provenance

Originally created by James "Jim" P. Clugston.

Rights Holder

Copyright to this resource is held by the Friends of Lake Apopka and is provided here by RICHES of Central Florida for educational purposes only.

Contributing Project

Curator

King, Joshua

Digital Collection

Source Repository

External Reference

"Learn About Your Watershed: Ocklawaha River Watershed." Florida's Water: Ours to Protect, Florida Department of Environmental Protection. Accessed June 12, 2015. http://www.protectingourwater.org/watersheds/map/ocklawaha/.
"Wild Taro, Dasheen | Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants." Wild Taro, Dasheen | Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants. Accessed June 8, 2015. http://plants.ifas.ufl.edu/node/108.
"About the FWC." Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Accessed June 12, 2015. http://myfwc.com/about/.

Transcript

Florida Game and Fresh Water Fish Commission
Tallahassee
A.D. (Bob) Aldrich
Director

3940 S.W. 14th Terrace
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
October 18, 1961

Mr. Harold Moody
Game and Fresh Water Fish Commission
P.O. Box 569
Leesburg, Florida

Dear Harold:

Your directions were good and I found the flowering plants of Elephant Ear without any trouble. However, keying it out was a little different story. I could not take it past the arum family with the keys I have available. Therefore, I sent a speciman[sic] to Erdman West at Gainesville and he identified it as Colocasia esculenta (L.) Schott.. It is considered a cultivated escape and is not found in Small or Gret.

Since (if I remember correctly) you keyed it to Orontium, I would appreciate the speciman[sic] you have for me so I can be sure we are talking about the same plant. Orontium aquaticum should be common in the area although I have never collected it at Lake Apopka. Either we have two different plants or you have gone astray using Small -- a real easy thing to do.

Thanks for your help.

Sincerely,
Jim
James P. Clugston

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1-page typewritten letter on Florida Game and Fresh Water Fish Commission letterhead

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