Mid-Atlantic States Mycology Conference honors William Chambers Coker

poster presentation at MASMC 2019

by Van Cotter, Herbarium Research Associate, UNC-CH Herbarium (NCU); Suzanne Cadwell, Director, ITS-Educational Technologies; Dan Meyers, Corbin Bryan, and Davis Upchurch, Undergraduates UNC-CH On April 17-18, the North Carolina Botanical Garden is co-hosting the annual Mid-Atlantic States Mycology Conference (MASMC) along with the UNC-CH Herbarium (NCU) and the UNC-CH Biology Department.  Due to continued pandemic…

Herbarium nabs NC’s first voucher specimen of “fossil fungus”

Neolecta vitellina

by Van Cotter, Herbarium Research Associate, UNC at CH Herbarium (NCU) and John S. Gibbs, Willow Spring, North Carolina Thanks to the dedicated mycological exploration by the junior author, who is 13 years old and has an avid interest in mycology, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Herbarium (NCU) now has the first…

The Story of the Streamhead Lobelia, Lobelia batsonii

A closeup of the Streamhead Lobelia (Lobelia batsonii).

Since the mid 1990s, references have been made to an undescribed lobelia in the Sandhills region of North and South Carolina. Albert B. Pittman of the South Carolina Heritage Trust was first to note that this lobelia was very similar to savanna lobelia (Lobelia glandulosa Walter) but differed in several points.

2021 Wildflower of the Year

A branch of American beautyberry fruits, starting with green at the left and ripening to a deep magenta at the right.

  American beautyberry Callicarpa americana Once again, we are bending the definition of a wildflower to offer American beautyberry (Callicarpa americana) as our 2021 Wildflower of the Year. This deciduous understory shrub is native to woodlands, open forests, and disturbed areas throughout the central and southeastern United States. Beautyberry has pale green leaves along graceful…

A New Fungus Among-Us: “Chip Cherry” makes first appearance in North Carolina

New plants, animals and fungi are not only found in far-away exotic locations. The Carolina campus might be a surprising place to find an fungus never before documented from North Carolina, but recently a Carolina Biology major did just that. 

New Flora Covers Entire Southeastern United States

map of Flora downloads

The southeastern United States is home to incredible biodiversity, and new plants are discovered in this area every year. Plant lists for this region, or Flora, evolve and change, making the most recent edition vital for professionals working in conservation and natural resources management.   On the cutting edge of the research to identify plants and their ranges are herbaria. Herbaria are collections of…