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,…

New Virginia Gems in the Herbarium

By Carol Ann McCormick, Curator, UNC-Chapel Hill Herbarium A few weeks ago, Herbarium director Alan Weakley and I received an email from a colleague in Virginia offering some plant specimens for the Herbarium. “It’s a small batch of interesting taxa, mostly things out of a personal herbarium I’ve kept over the years. I plan to…

Daniel Meyers wins Couch Award in Biology

By Carol Ann McCormick, Curator, UNC-Chapel Hill Herbarium The Couch Award is given to a senior biology major with interests in plant biology who has demonstrated the highest ideals of scholarship and research. The 2021 winner of the Couch Award in the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Biology Department is Daniel Meyers. He…

Philip Jerome Crutchfield

22 November 1928 – 28 July 2009 The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Herbarium (NCU) curates about 550 vascular plant specimens collected by Philip J. Crutchfield, who typically signed his labels “P. J. Crutchfield”.  The University of Arizona Herbarium (ARIZ) curates a single fungus collected by Crutchfield.  The North Carolina Museum of Natural…

John Nathaniel Couch

(1896-1986) John Nathaniel Couch was born in Prince Edward County, Virginia on October 12, 1896 to John Henry Couch, a Baptist minister, and Sally Love Terry Couch, a schoolteacher. In 1914 he entered Trinity College (now Duke University) in Durham, North Carolina. After three years at Trinity, he transferred to the University of North Carolina…

Joachim Heinrich Schuette

(20 April 1820 – 21 July 1908) The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Herbarium (NCU) has cataloged ten vascular plant specimens collected by Joachim Heinrich Schuette (pronounced “SHOOT-ee”) – all are from Wisconsin.  As more of NCU’s collection is cataloged it is possible more will be found. The Harvard Herbaria Index of Botanists list the…

Miriam Kresses Slifkin

(May 24, 1925 – August 28, 2020) The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Herbarium (NCU) curates five vascular plant specimens collected by Miriam Kresses Slifkin; as cataloging of collections continues it is likely that more will be found.  All the specimens found thus far were collected in the spring of 1957.  Ironically we…

MASMC 2021 Posters

The annual Mid-Atlantic States Mycology Conference (MASMC) will be held virtually April 17-18, 2021. MASMC is a scientific meeting providing undergraduates, graduate students and postdocs a unique opportunity to present their research findings in a less formal venue than at a national or international scientific meeting. Learn more and register here. Conference Documents Conference abstract…

Willard Webster Eggleston

A black and white portrait of Willard Webster Eggleston

(28 March 1863 –  25 November 1935) The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Herbarium (NCU) has cataloged over 400 vascular plant specimens collected by Willard Webster Eggleston.  Without doubt many more will be found as our cataloging continues.  While NCU’s Eggleston specimens are diverse in taxon and locality, they are particularly rich in Crataegus from the southeastern United…