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…

Battle Park Internship

An information kiosk stands to the left of a wooded trail in Battle Park.

A summer internship opportunity at Battle Park Note: This internship is open to current undergraduate students at UNC-Chapel Hill only. Applications due: 3/14/2021 Location: Battle Park and other NCBG natural areas in Chapel Hill Duration: 3 months (approximately mid-May to mid-August 2021) Hours: Full time; typically Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m. with a one-hour lunch break Pay:…

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.

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. 

2020 Edition: Flora of the Southeastern United States

The Flora covers the biogeographic region of the moist, relictual, unglaciated southeastern North America: south of the glacial boundary and east of the “dry line” to the west that marks a marked floristic boundary to the Great Plains prairies to the northwest and the Madrean woodlands and scrub to the southwest.  By states, this means…

Herbarium Research Shows Lost Wildflower Grew Only in NC

Photo of an herbarium specimen of the now extinct Appalachian Barbara's buttons (Marshallia grandiflora).

Thanks to research in the UNC-Chapel Hill Herbarium, part of the Garden, we now know that Appalachian Barbara’s buttons (Marshallia grandiflora) was a distinct species that grew just in Henderson and Polk Counties in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. And it has been lost forever. Appalachian Barbara’s buttons, a tall, intricate member of…