NEVIN, Rev. Joseph Cook

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NEVIN, Joseph Cook (1835-1913), Pennsylvania-born missionary, linguist and botanist and fellow of the Southern California Academy of Sciences who collected in Canton, China before moving to Los Angeles, California at a time the population was barely 9000 people. Areas now covered in pavement were Nevin’s collecting grounds.

Nevin visited Santa Catalina Island in 1884 with W. S. Lyon, and they were among the island’s first botanical collectors.

Nevin and Lyon collected together again on San Clemente Island for four days in April 1885. They spent most of their time in the vicinity of Pyramid Cove where they landed. Eighty-one island specimens were collected. They are located at the University of California, Berkeley herbarium and at POM. A number of California native plants are named in Nevin's honor:

  • Astragalus nevinii
  • Berberis nevinii
  • Brickellia nivenii
  • Constancea nevinii
  • Cordylanthus nevinii
  • Eriophyllum nevinii
  • Gilia nevinii
  • Mahonia nevinii


Nevin collected on:

  • San Clemente Island (1884, 1885, c. 1890)
  • Santa Catalina Island (c. 1890, 1904)



Island Collections~
ISLAND COLLECTOR INSTITUTION DATE NUMBER SPECIMEN
San Clemente Island J. C. Nevin DS 1884 DS-8905 Lasthenia gracilis Plants
San Clemente Island J. C. Nevin & W. S. Lyon DS April 1884 DS-127981 Eriophyllum nevinii Plants
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San Clemente Island J. C. Nevin DS April 1885 DS-113857 Astragalus nevinii Plants
San Clemente Island J. C. Nevin DS April 1885 DS-118500 Senecio lyonii Plants
San Clemente Island J. C. Nevin DS April 1885 DS-119192 Deinandra clementina Plants
San Clemente Island J. C. Nevin DS April 1885 DS-127984 Eriophyllum nevinii Plants
San Clemente Island J. C. Nevin DS April 1885 DS-81927 Batis maritima Plants
San Clemente Island J. C. Nevin & W. S. Lyon GH April 1885 GH-58841 Astragalus nevinii Plants
San Clemente Island J. C. Nevin & W. S. Lyon POM April 1885 POM-228224 Astragalus nevinii Plants
San Clemente Island J. C. Nevin & W. S. Lyon UC April 1885 UC-74585 Astragalus nevinii Plants
San Clemente Island J. C. Nevin & W. S. Lyon DS April 1885 DS-73128 Lasthenia chrysostoma Plants
San Clemente Island J. C. Nevin, Joseph Cook & W. S. Lyon CAS April 1885 CAS-73128 Lasthenia chrysostoma Plants
San Clemente Island J. C. Nevin DS 1885 DS-129912 Eriophyllum nevinii Plants
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San Clemente Island J. C. Nevin DS c. 1890 DS-81610 Mesembryanthemum nodiflorum Plants



ISLAND COLLECTOR INSTITUTION DATE NUMBER SPECIMEN
Santa Catalina Island J. C. Nevin DS c. 1890 DS-105842 Lyonothamnus floribundus subsp. floribundus Plants
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Santa Catalina Island J. C. Nevin DS 1904 DS-105842 Quercus dumosa Plants