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John Ellis (naturalist)
JOHN ELLIS FRS (c. 1710 – 15 October 1776) was a British linen merchant and naturalist . Ellis was the first to have a published written description of the Venus flytrap and its botanical name. Ellis specialised in the study of corals . He was elected a member of the Royal Society
Royal Society
in 1754 and in the following year published An essay towards the Natural History of the Corallines. He was awarded the Copley Medal in 1767. His A Natural History of Many Uncommon and Curious Zoophytes, written with Daniel Solander
Daniel Solander
, was published posthumously in 1776. Ellis was appointed Royal Agent for British West Florida in 1764, and for British Dominica in 1770. He exported many seeds and native plants from North America to England. He corresponded with many botanists , including Carl Linnaeus . CONTENTS* 1 Taxonomist * 1.1 Venus\'s Fly-trap * 2 See also * 3 References * 4 External links TAXONOMISTVENUS\'S FLY-TRAP Plate from John Ellis’ "A Botanical Description of the Dionaea Muscipula". A royal botanist, William Young imported living plants of the Venus flytrap to England. They were then shown to Ellis. In 1769, he wrote a description of the plant discovery from North Carolina to send to the Father of Taxonomy, Carl Linnaeus . Ellis also gave it the scientific name of "Dionaea muscipula"
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