Delzie Demaree (1889-1987) refused to buy a car. Instead, he would board
a bus and ask the driver to let him off in the middle of nowhere. Then
he'd hike into the woods, collect for the day, and hike back to the road
to await the next bus. Demaree began work on Arkansas flora in the 1920s.
His 1943 catalogue of the vascular plants of Arkansas, self-published
in the first and only issue of his journal Taxodium and circulated
among friends, expanded on the work of Branner and Coville published in
1891 and that of Bucholz and Palmer in 1926
Demaree, who received his Ph.D. from Stanford in 1932, is regarded as
one of the botanists who closed up the frontier in the South. Though his
work was controversial, with some charging that Demaree's lack of personal
transportation meant that he missed many species, his was nonetheless
the most thorough catalogue of Arkansas vascular plants at that time.
No definitive state flora of Arkansas has yet been published.