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On Nov. 24 and Nov. 25 the Garden closes at 4 p.m. due to Las Noches de las Luminarias.

Curator of the Herbarium and Senior Research Botanist

Wendy Hodgson, M.S.

M.S. Arizona State University, 1982

Email: whodgson@dbg.org
Phone: 480 481.8108

Research Interests

  • Floristics of Southwestern US, particularly Grand Canyon region
  • Cactaceae and Agavaceae systematic
  • Ethnobotany of Sonoran Desert
  • Invasive species
  • Systematics of rare Southwestern plants

Personal Statement:

I have lived in and loved the Sonoran Desert for more than 40 years. My areas of interest include southwest US and northern Mexico floristics, rare and endemic plants, and taxonomy and systematics of Agave and Yucca, including the study of pre-Columbian agave cultivars. Other current projects include the study and documentation of the flora of the Grand Canyon region, including the evolution and distribution of certain plant groups as affected by the unique factors characteristic of this area. I am also studying and documenting southwest US cacti, coordinator for the Cactus family treatment for Intermountain Flora and co-coordinator for the Cactus Family of Arizona project by Garden research staff and research associates. I am an avid plant collector who strives towards making high quality specimens in difficult groups like Agavaceae and Cactaceae.

Selected publications

Schenk, John, Wendy Hodgson and Larry Hufford. 2013. Mentzelia canyonensis (Loasaceae), a new species endemic to the Grand Canyon, Arizona, U.S.A. Brittonia DOI 10.1007/s12228-012-9294-5.

Food Plants of the Sonoran Desert (University of Arizona Press), winner of the 2002 Klinger Book Award, presented by the Society for Economic Botany. Text and Illustrations by W. Hodgson.

Hodgson, W. C.  and A. M.  Salywon. 2013. Two new Agave species (Agavaceae) from central Arizona and their putative pre-Columbian domesticated origins. Brittonia. 65(1): 5-15.

Hodgson, W. C. 2012.  PreColumbian agaves: living plants linking an ancient past in Arizona. In: Explorations in Ethnoboiology: the legacy of Amadeo Rea. Contributions in Ethnobiology. M. Quinlan and D. Lepofsky, eds. 

Salywon, A.M. and W.C. Hodgson. 2012. Coryphantha, (Cactaceae), pp. 682-687 in: Intermountain Flora: Vascular Plants of the Intermountain West, U.S.A. vol. 2, part A, N. H. Holmgren, P. K. Holmgren, J. L. Reveal & collaborators. Bronx: New York Botanical Garden Press.

Salywon, A.M. and W.C. Hodgson. 2012. Echinocactus, (Cactaceae), pp. 665-666 in: Intermountain Flora: Vascular Plants of the Intermountain West, U.S.A. vol. 2, part A, N. H. Holmgren, P. K. Holmgren, J. L. Reveal & collaborators. Bronx: New York Botanical Garden Press.

Hodgson, W.C. and A.M. Salywon. 2012. Ferocactus, (Cactaceae), pp. 666-668 in: Intermountain Flora: Vascular Plants of the Intermountain West, U.S.A. vol. 2, part A, N. H. Holmgren, P. K. Holmgren, J. L. Reveal & collaborators. Bronx: New York Botanical Garden Press.

Hodgson, W.C. and A.M. Salywon. 2012. Mammillaria, (Cactaceae), pp. 688-689 in: Intermountain Flora: Vascular Plants of the Intermountain West, U.S.A. vol. 2, part A, N. H. Holmgren, P. K. Holmgren, J. L. Reveal & collaborators. Bronx: New York Botanical Garden Press.

Pinkava, D. J., Hodgson, W. C. and A. M. Salywon. 2012. Cactaceae, the Cactus Family (family description and generic key), pp. 634-637 in: Intermountain Flora: Vascular Plants of the Intermountain West, U.S.A. vol. 2, part A, N. H. Holmgren, P. K. Holmgren, J. L. Reveal & collaborators. Bronx: New York Botanical Garden Press.

Schenk, J.,  W. C. Hodgson and L. Hufford. 2010. A New Species of Mentzelia section Bartonia (Loasaceae) from the Grand Canyon, Arizona. Brittonia. 62(1): 1-6.