- 1912 March 22
Part of N.E. Hansen
Pinus pungens, also called Table Mountain Pine, hickory pine, prickly pine or mountain pine. This small pine is native to the Appalachian Mountains in the United States. Plant specimen collected by C.S. Sargent, 1912, first director of the Arnold Arboretum, Herbarium of Iowa College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts, Ames, Iowa. N.E. Hansen graduated from Iowa State College with a bachelor's degree in horticulture in 1887. It is likely Hansen obtained this specimen during his time at the college. N.E. Hansen (1866-1950) was a Danish-American horticulturist and botanist who was a pioneer in plant breeding. Hansen came to South Dakota in 1895 and became the first head of the Horticultural Department of South Dakota State College. He also served as agricultural explorer for the United States Department of Agriculture. He searched for hardy grasses, fruits, and other plants throughout Europe and Asia and brought them back to the United States to raise or crossbreed with American varieties to produce hardy plants. Specimen is mounted on an 11.5 x 16.5 inch herbarium sheet accompanied by a label with hand-written notation in pencil ink.