Known primarily for his systematic work on Iris, Dr. Lee Lenz was also known for his taxonomic revision in other monocotyledonous groups such as Yucca, leading to his recognition of Yucca jaegeriana as distinct from the Joshua tree, Y. brevifolia. He was also involved in breeding horticultural forms from California native plants, such as xChiranthofremontia lenzii, and was credited with developing the first red-flowering iris within the Pacific Coast hybrids. Dr. Lenz was Director of Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden (now California Botanic Garden) in Claremont, California, from 1960 to 1983. A table lists his articles and Director's Reports published in Aliso between 1950 and 2007.
"Remembering Lee W. Lenz (1915–2019),"
Aliso: A Journal of Systematic and Floristic Botany:
1, Article 3.
Available at: https://scholarship.claremont.edu/aliso/vol37/iss1/3
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