Dr. Henry Perrine, Botanist (1797–1840) Henry Perrine received a land grant in South Florida on which to introduce useful tropical plants. In 1838, the Second Seminole War had made the mainland unsafe, so Perrine and his family moved to Indian Key instead. He introduced about 70 exotic plants, of which only sisal now grows wild. It is possible that key limes are descended from the Mexican limes he planted. In 1840, Indians attacked the island, and Dr. Perrine was killed. His name lives on in the South Dade community of Perrine. FLOR500, Garden 457
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Dr. Henry Perrine, Botanist

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Dr. Henry Perrine, Botanist

(1797–1840)

Henry Perrine received a land grant in South Florida on which to introduce useful tropical plants. In 1838, the Second Seminole War had made the mainland unsafe, so Perrine and his family moved to Indian Key instead. He introduced about 70 exotic plants, of which only sisal now grows wild. It is possible that key limes are descended from the Mexican limes he planted. In 1840, Indians attacked the island, and Dr. Perrine was killed. His name lives on in the South Dade community of Perrine.

 

 


 



 

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