This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V18", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
Dr. Asa Gray contributes to the January number of the Proceedings of the American Academy, notes on various American plants, many new. Some will be of interest to florists when they once get into the seed trade, as quite a number belong to families that have already furnished us with well known favorites. When new Western plants are found, the Asteraceous order is nearly sure to be found among them, as many of these are. A new genus, Palmerella, is described, - it is allied to Lobelia and another, a shrub from Guadalupe Island, off Lower California, named Hesperelcca, of the Oleineous tribe, to which our Chionanthus belongs. There are several Gilias and allies, a tribe that gives us many ornamental annuals; some Convolvuli and Pentstemons. The genus Mimulus, also containing many interesting plants to the florist, has undergone a complete revise.
There is a genus of plants of the Chenopodia-ceous, or, to make ourselves understood by the general reader, we may say the order the Spin-age belongs to, named by Hooker, Grayia, in honor of Professor Asa Gray. It is interesting to note that one of the discoveries of Prof. Gray, as recorded in this paper, tends somewhat to weaken this genus and place it nearer the old one, Atriplex; at the same time the discovery induces him to elevate an older species to generic rank. Atriplex, or Obione Suckleyana, is henceforward Suckleya. It would be annoying to the numerous friends of the distinguished botanist if, after honoring so many others, his own name should fail. There is, however, another genus called Asa-Graya, so named by Lindley, allied to Helonias in the Lily tribe, and which we believe yields a famous Mexican drug known as Saba-dilla.