Steven Worth Leonard

A portrait of Steven Worth Leonard looking of camera in the forest.

(b. 1943) The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Herbarium (NCU) curates more than 1,700 vascular plant specimens and about 90 bryophyte specimens collected by Steven Worth Leonard.  As we continue to catalog our collections we will find more specimens collected by him. Most specimens were collected in the United States, particularly in the…

Francis Joseph LeClair

A black and white photograph of Francis Joseph LeClair.

(21 June 1884 – 11 November 1973) The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Herbarium (NCU) has cataloged about 100 vascular plant specimens collected by Francis J. LeClair. Without doubt more will be found as cataloging of collections continues. LeClair collected specimens throughout the southeastern United States, especially in Bay Minette (Baldwin County, Alabama),…

Charles Fuller Baker

A black and white portrait of Charles Fuller Baker.

22 March, 1872 — 22 July 1927 The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Herbarium (NCU) curates about one hundred vascular plant specimens collected by Charles Fuller Baker — about a dozen collected solely by him in 1898, and another eighty or so collected with Franklin Sumner Earle in 1896-1899.   Most were collected in…

Digging into the Science

Want a chance to dig deeper into the science done by the botanists, mycologists, and phycologists of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Herbarium (NCU)? Here’s a round-up of our publications during 2020. (Authors in bold are associated with NCU). Bryan, Corbin T., and H. Van T. Cotter. 2020. Coker’s Amanita taxa: 100 years later. …

NEWSFLASH: Chip Cherry Update

The January, 2021 issue of the NCBG e-newsletter had an article about a fungus new to North Carolina, Leratiomyces ceres, or “Chip Cherry.” Herbarium Associate Dr. Van Cotter has gone molecular and offers this update: The ITS* sequence of our chip cherry mushroom (Leratiomyces ceres) is a perfect match to L. ceres sequences in GenBank, confirming…

The Story of the Streamhead Lobelia, Lobelia batsonii

Illustration for Feb 2021 newsletter article on Lobelia batsonii by B.A. Sorrie

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.

Ivey Foreman Lewis

(3 August 1882 – 16 March 1964) The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Herbarium (NCU) has cataloged less than a dozen botanical specimens collected by Ivey Foreman Lewis. Most specimens were collected ca. 1901 near the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill campus while he was an undergraduate. A few were collected…

Wade Thomas Batson, Jr.

A photograph of Wade T. Batson, Jr.

(1912-2015) The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Herbarium (NCU) has cataloged about 150 vascular plant specimens collected by Batson, who usually signed his herbarium labels “W. T. Batson”.  Without doubt more specimens will be found as we continue to catalog our collections.  Most of Batson’s specimens at NCU were collected in South Carolina;…

Goodwin LeBaron Foster

A black and white portrait of Goodwin LeBaron Foster.

(4 June 1891 – March 1977) The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Herbarium (NCU) has cataloged approximately 50 vascular plant specimens collected by Goodwin LeBaron Foster, who signed his specimens and scientific papers “G.L. Foster.”  Foster was clearly keen on collecting and keen on his status as an alumnus of Dartmouth College, as…