Pictures from Observations
La. neo- = new. For Isaac Louis Drège (1853–1921), an apothecary and plant collector like his father, Carl Friedrich Drège (1791–1867), who collected plants in the Albany, Uitenhage and Port Elizabeth areas. The original monotype discovered by James Glass in (1896) was in poor condition, and the immature fruiting material sent to Kew Gardens resulted in some errors in the original generic description. In 1909, Isaac Louis wrote about finding a number of plants in flowering condition ‘in damp ground at Cradock Place’ and ‘at Baakens River’ both near Port Elizabeth. Selmar Schönland of the Albany Museum in Grahamstown sent these to Kew Gardens, hence the new species Neodregea glassii came into being. Drège published ‘A Preliminary List of Flowering Plants, Ferns and Fern Allies in the Port Elizabeth District’ in the South African Journal of Science (1913).