CLOKEY, Ira Waddell

From Islapedia
Greenwood Cemetery, Decatur, Illinois

CLOKEY, Ira Waddell (1878-1950) Illinois-born mining engineer and later Colorado and California botanist whose plant collections are at the University of California at Berkeley. He made two collecting trips to Santa Cruz Island in the 1930s, and his checklist added 41 plant taxa previously unpublished. The endemic Island nightshade found on Santa Cruz and Santa Rosa islands, Solanum clokeyi, is named in his honor.

At age 26, Clokey married Cleora B. Brooks, 24, in Pima, Arizona on December 21, 1904. He died in Los Angeles on January 13, 1950. He is buried in Greenwood Cemetery, Decatur, Illinois.

Clokey collected on :

  • Santa Cruz Island (1930)


  • 1931. Clokey, Ira W. Notes on the Flora of Santa Cruz Island Southern California Academy of Sciences Bulletin 30(Pt. 2):60-61, May-August 1931



Island Collections~

https://ucjeps.cspace.berkeley.edu/ucjeps_project/public/publicsearch/


ISLAND COLLECTOR INSTITUTION DATE NUMBER SPECIMEN
Santa Cruz Island I. W. Clokey POM May 23, 1930 POM-199560 Avena barbata Plants
Santa Cruz Island I. W. Clokey POM May 23, 1930 POM-199626 Ceanothus arboreus Plants
Santa Cruz Island I. W. Clokey POM May 23, 1930 POM-199627 Ceanothus arboreus Plants
Santa Cruz Island I. W. Clokey POM May 23, 1930 POM-199629 Ceanothus megacarpus var. insularis Plants
Santa Cruz Island I. W. Clokey POM May 23, 1930 POM-199590 Pinus muricata Plants
Santa Cruz Island I. W. Clokey POM May 23, 1930 POM-352953 Vulpia bromoides Plants
Santa Cruz Island I. W. Clokey RSA May 23, 1930 RSA-37485 Achillea millefolium var. californica Plants
Santa Cruz Island I. W. Clokey RSA May 23, 1930 RSA-403503 Melica imperfecta Plants
Santa Cruz Island I. W. Clokey RSA May 23, 1930 RSA-671272 Hypochaeris glabra Plants
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Santa Cruz Island I. W. Clokey UC July 28, 1930 UC-874972 Foeniculum vulgare Plants
Santa Cruz Island I. W. Clokey UC July 28, 1930 UC-874973 Foeniculum vulgare Plants
Santa Cruz Island I. W. Clokey RSA July 28, 1930 RSA-0036116 Foeniculum vulgare Plants




In the News~

January 1950 [Decatur Review]: “Ira CLokey dies in west. Ira W. CLokey, 77, botanist, mining engineer and real estate man, formerly of Decatur, died last week in California where he made his home. The body will be returned for services in the family mausoleum at 11 a.m. Wednesday in Greenwood Cemetery. The Dawson and Wikoff Funeral Home will be in charge. He left here in 1924 to move to Long Beach, Calif., where he was a botanist. A graduate of the Harvard School of Mines, Mr. Clokey served seven years as a mining expert in Mexico and Colorado. He returned here in 1924 and laid out the Elms, a real estate development in the north part of the city. His father was Col. Josiah M. Clokey, real estate man and lawyer who made gifts of land to the city for use as parks, boulevards on East Main Street and East Prarie Avenue were laid out by him. Clokey Park is on East Main Street. Mr. Clokey leaves his wife, Eleanor and two daughters, Caroline and Eleanore.”