Historic Markers Across Florida

Torreya Tree

Marker ID: FLHM F-46
Location: Torreya State Park at the end of Co RD 271.
County: Liberty
Coordinates: N 30° 34.570    W 084° 56.912
  30.57616666    -84.94853333
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WM80V6


In this vicinity on the Apalachicola River, Hardy Bryan Croom, pioneer Florida planter and botanist, discovered one of the rarest of coniferous trees, Torreya taxifolia circa 1835, and named it for Dr. John Torrey, prominent American botanist. Only four other species exist, but they are in the widely separated areas of China, Japan, and California. Croom´s promising botanical career ended in 1837 when he perished in the wreck of the steamship "Home" off Cape Hatteras.


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