In April 1897, after painstaking preparation, Potter was ready to present her first and only paper, “Germination of the spores of the Agaricineae
,” to the Linnean Society of London
. While there is no record of the paper’s content, her notes and journal
suggest that she described her experiments cultivating the germinating basidiospores and her in-depth observations. In a letter written prior to her paper submission, Potter said she grew 40 to 50 kinds of spores, but only submitted observations of A. velutipes (now known as Flammulina velutipes)
However, women were not allowed to attend official Society meetings. Potter’s paper was offered instead through a botanist at Kew Gardens, George Massee, a member of the Society. In her journal, which was published in 1966, she wrote about Linnean Society members’ dismissive attitudes towards her work.