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Promoting Botanical Interest &

Castanea Journal began publication in 1936. 

In 1993 we added the Chinquapin Newsletter as a quarterly publication for our members.

Generations of botanists and supporters have made possible an 83 year legacy of contributions to scientific literature.

Castanea serves professional and amateur botanists by reviewing and publishing scientific papers related to botany in the Eastern United States

We welcome article submissions from members and nonmembers, students and professionals. 

Learn more about our peer-review process, submitting papers, and other publication details.

Castanea and the Chinquapin newsletter are publications of our sponsor organization, the Southern Appalachian Botanical Society.

Castanea takes its name from the genus of the American Chestnut tree, Castanea dentata. This now critically endangered tree once made up 35% of the Eastern forests before being devastated by a blight that destroyed up to 4 billion American Chestnut trees.

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Our archives provide members digital access to Castanea, Chinquapin (the SABS newsletter), and Occasional Papers in Eastern Botany.

Castanea was first published in 1936 by The Southern Appalachian Botanical Club and is now in its 84th volume.

In 1993 the Society began publishing Chinquapin, which carries letters to the editor, endowment news, wild ideas, botanical gardens, notes on specific plants, botanical excursions and other exciting topics.

Articles from our Current Issue

Aquatic Vegetation of Springs at Buffalo National River, Arkansas

ABSTRACT: The biodiversity of freshwater springs in the Arkansas Ozarks is poorly described and has received relatively little attention from researchers. Information on the biodiversity of springs is crucial for their management and conservation. This study describes the aquatic and semi-aquatic plant communities and key habitat features of several springs

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Flora Re-survey After Four Decades in a New York Bog Lake

Thompson Pond, a bog lake in Pine Plains, New York, has flora indicative of both ombrotrophic and minerotrophic conditions. Distinct community types within this wetland system include a peripheral moat, hummock swamp, floating vegetation mats, peat rafts, aquatic floating-leaved and submergent macrophytes, and open water. A false-bottom of unconsolidated peat

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Partial-root Harvest of American Ginseng (Panax quinquefolius L.): A Non-Destructive Method for Harvesting Root Tissue for Ginsenoside Analysis

American ginseng (<i>Panax quinquefolius</i>) roots have long been harvested for use in herbal medicine. Overharvesting has threatened long-term viability of wild American ginseng populations. Research has been ongoing to determine factors affecting the variation of ginsenosides in roots. Given the conservation concerns regarding wild American ginseng, we began experimenting with

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