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Erik Leonard Ekman II

Acalypha communis

Erik Ekman (1883-1931) travelled early to South America, and visited the Swedish Misionary Colony in Misiones, Argentina, for three months 1907-1908, where he collected this new variety of Acalypha communis. While in Misiones he was offered a position as Regnellian Amanuensis here at the museum. This was far from the end of his South American travels; after defending his Ph.D. thesis in 1914 he returned to South America the same year, a trip that would last until his premature death in 1931.

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