Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria
Arthur worked at the Western Australian Herbarium as a plant
ecologist between 1971 and 1974, during which
time he studied the vegetation of some of the
most botanically diverse
parts of the state, including
the Fitzgerald River,
Stirling Range, Kalbarri
and Cape Le Grand
Among the Western Australian species discovered by Arthur are two now named after him, Utricularia westonii P.Taylor and the threatened Acacia awestoniana R.S.Cowan & Maslin, from Cape Le Grand and the Stirling Range respectively.
He was an important collector of Western Australian plants with more than 2500 of his specimens lodged at the Western Australian Herbarium, many of these from remote and difficult-to-access localities.
During botanical studies of the mountains of Costa Rica at an earlier stage of his career, Arthur made numerous discoveries, maybe the most significant of which was of a new group of daisies that were subsequently described as the genus Westoniella in his honour.
Source: Extracted from obituary by Bruce Maslin: Arthur Weston (1932-2019)
Australasian Systematic Botany Society Newsletter 179 (June 2019)
Portrait Photo: by B.Maslin, extracted from above .
Data from 3,522 specimens