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Botanical Society of America
Type Non-profit
Purpose"Promote botany, the field of basic science dealing with the study and inquiry into the form, function, development, diversity, reproduction, evolution, and uses of plants and their interactions within the biosphere." [1]
Headquarters St. Louis, Missouri, United States
3,059 [2]
Andrea Wolfe (2017–2020)
President Elect
Linda Watson (2018–2021)
$1.63 million [3]

The Botanical Society of America (BSA) represents professional and amateur botanists, researchers, educators and students in over 80 countries of the world. It functions as a United States nonprofit 501(c)(3) membership society. [4]


The society was first established in 1893 as an outgrowth from the Botanical Club of the American Association for the Advancement of Science at a meeting in Rochester, New York, on August 22, 1892. [5] The organizing principles of the society were the enhancement of the study of plants in North America and to professionalize such efforts. [6] In 1906, the organization merged with the Society for Plant Morphology and Physiology and the American Mycological Society. [7]


The society has 16 special interest sections:

Former presidents

Former presidents of the society have included:


The society publishes the following scientific journals:


  1. ^ "Botanical Society of America - About the BSA". Retrieved 2012-09-17.
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  4. ^ Botanical Society of America website
  5. ^ Tippo, Oswald (1958). "The Early History of the Botanical Society of America." Fifty Years of Botany. New York: McGraw-Hill. Retrieved 16 September 2012 from Biodiversity Heritage Library.
  6. ^ Smocovitis, Vassiliki Betty (2006). "One hundred years of American botany: a short history of the Botanical Society of America." American Journal of Botany 93(7): 942-952. doi: 10.3732/ajb.93.7.942
  7. ^ "An Historical Overview of the BSA". Archived from the original on 4 February 2007.
  8. ^ Rudolph, Emanuel D. (1982). "Women in Nineteenth Century American Botany; A Generally Unrecognized Constituency". American Journal of Botany. 69 (8): 1353. doi: 10.1002/j.1537-2197.1982.tb13382.x. JSTOR  2442761.

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