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Biographical entry Wehl, Marie Magdalene (1862 - 1960)

6 August 1862
Mount Gambier, South Australia, Australia
Perth, Western Australia, Australia
Botanical artist and Plant collector


Marie Wehl, wildflower painter and plant collector, was the daughter of Clara Wehl and niece of Ferdinand von Mueller. Like her mother Clara, sister Louise and other members of her family, she collected plant specimens and sent them to Mueller in Melbourne. With the encouragement of her uncle, she started to collect fungi and to paint them in their living state. Many of the specimens, with Marie's paintings, were sent by Mueller to Mordecai Cooke in the United Kingdom for identification. Cooke appreciated both quality of the specimens and the information contained within the paintings. The National Herbarium of Victoria has Marie's paintings, annotated by Cooke, with their matching specimen.

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Journal Articles

  • May, T. W., Maroske, S. and Sinkora, D. M., ''The mycologist, the Baron, his fungi hunters and the mystery artist', Botanic magazine, 6 (1995), 36-9. Details


See also

  • George, Alex S., Australian botanist's companion (Kardinya, W.A.: Four Gables Press, 2009), 671 pp. Details
  • Maroske, Sara and Vaughan, Alison, 'Ferdinand Mueller's Female Plant Collectors: a Biographical Register', Muelleria, 32 (2014), 92-172. Details

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