Mary Katharine "Kate" Brandegee was an American botanist known for her comprehensive studies of flora in California.Life Brandegee was born Mary Katharine Layne on October 28, 1844. She was the second child to Mary Morris Layne, a housewife, and Marshall Layne, a farmer. The Laynes lived in western Tennessee and had nine other children. Her family, already peripatetic, moved to California during the Gold Rush of 1849, though her father chose to farm; they settled in Folsom, California when Brandegee was 9.Source: Wikipedia
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