Trifolium repens (collected 1974 in Louisiana), aka white clover
by Mason Heberling
What is a shamrock? There is no overwhelming scientific consensus on
which species is the well-known Irish national emblem. There was survey of
Irish botanists in the early 1890s asking which species was the true shamrock. A
similar survey was repeated in 1988. The results suggest the shamrock is either
Trifolium dubium (aka lesser
trefoil) or Trifolium repens (aka
The plants commonly sold around St. Patrick’s Day as shamrocks or
four-leaf clovers are in the plant genus Oxalis (wood sorrel), which belong to
different plant family than true clovers.
Trifolium dubium (collected 1961 in Pennsylvania), aka lesser
(collected 1981 in India), aka lucky clover, although not a true clover
Oxalis debilis (collected 1989 in cultivation), aka pink woodsorrel
Mason Heberling is a postdoctoral research associate at Carnegie Museum of Natural History. Museum employees are encouraged to blog about their unique experiences working with museum collections.
Azerbaijani mugam trio in the 16th century miniature of Nizami Ganjavi’s Khosrow and Shirin
The art of Azerbaijani Ashiqs combines poetry, storytelling, dance and vocal and instrumental music into a traditional performance art. This art is one of the symbols of Azerbaijani culture and considered an emblem of national identity and the guardian of Azerbaijani language, literature and music.
Characterized by the accompaniment of the kopuz, a stringed musical instrument, the classical repertoire of Azerbaijani Ashiqsincludes 200 songs, 150 literary-musical compositions known as dastans, nearly 2,000 poems and numerous stories.
The earliest traces of art of Azerbaijani ashiqs can be found in the 7th century Book of Dede Korkut, which contains the most famous epic stories of the Oghuz Turks. x
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Huiyin is considered to be the first female
architect in modern China. One of her
chief interests was the restoration of Beijing’s historic sites. While working with her husband Liang Sicheng,
Huiyin climbed to the roof of the Temple of Heaven. No woman had ever walked on the emperor’s temple roof before. Huiyin also discovered the main hall of
the 9th century Foguang Temple.
After World War II, Huiyin became a professor
of architecture at Tsinghua University. While
there, she was involved in the design of national icons such as the National
Emblem of the People’s Republic of China and the Monument to the People’s
In addition to her work as an architect,
Huiyin was a writer. She wrote fiction, poetry, and essays. She also served as a literary translator. In
1924, Huiyin and Xu Zhimo served as translators for the
Nobel Prize winning poet Rabindranath Tagore.
Maya Lin, the designer of the Vietnam Veterans
Memorial, is her niece.