A Carolina Onion from Asia

Allium carolinianum flower

by Scott Zona, botanist, co-editor of PALMS, the journal of the International Palm Society, and research collaborator with the Herbarium of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Photo: Allium carolinianum blooming in my garden with rose-pink flowers. Last fall, I received some bulbs of an ornamental Allium. Allium is the genus of onions, garlic,…

Ferdinand Blanchard

(8 November 1851- 18 December 1892) “Earth is so full of things to know and see From Northern Lights to animanculae”    The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Herbarium (NCU) has cataloged about 300 herbarium specimens collected by  Ferdinand Blanchard — medical doctor, poet, and botanist. Most of these specimens were received in 2002…

Paul James Philson

(20 August 1905 – 14 February 1998) The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Herbarium (NCU) has cataloged about 50 specimens collected by Paul James Philson, who always signed his specimen labels “P. J. Philson.”   All specimens at NCU are vascular plants, and most were collected in New Zealand.  As more of our collections are inventoried…

Charles Norman Horn

(b. 1956) The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Herbarium (NCU) curates over 300 vascular plant specimens collected by Charles N. Horn.  As we continue to catalog our holdings, and to accession newly mounted material, without doubt more specimens collected by Dr. Horn will be found. While Newberry College Herbarium is Horn’s primary repository,…

Philip French-Carson Greear

(24 August 1918 – 26 September 2012) The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Herbarium (NCU) curates about 70 vascular plant specimens collected by Philip French-Carson Greear, though as we continue to catalog our holdings it is likely more will be found.  Most of Greear’s specimens curated by NCU were collected for his doctoral…

Ken E. Rogers

(ca. 1936 – 2017) The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Herbarium (NCU) has cataloged over 1,000 vascular plant specimens collected by Kenneth Edward Rogers.  He usually used “Ken E. Rogers” on herbarium labels, and his wife, Louise, was a frequent co-collector.  Without doubt we will continue to find specimens collected by Rogers as we continue…

Richard J. LeBlond

(b. 19 July 1941) The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Herbarium (NCU) has accessioned over 1,100 specimens collected by Richard J. LeBlond and it continues to be the primary repository for specimens.  As we continue to catalog our collections, without doubt more specimens collected by LeBlond will be found. Other herbaria curating specimens…

Henry Roland Totten

(1892-1974) The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Herbarium (NCU) curates over 1500 vascular plants, 1400 fungi and 20 bryophytes collected by Henry Roland Totten, who usually signed his labels as “H. R. Totten”.  Without doubt as we continue to catalog our collections more specimens collected by Totten will be found. As of May,…