Ruby Deaton Harbison Pharr

30 September 1929 – 8 March 2015 (1) The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Herbarium (NCU) has cataloged approximately 50 specimens collected by Ruby Deaton Harbison Pharr. Most specimens were collected in Burke and Ashe Counties, North Carolina, and are signed “Ruby D. Harbison.”  Other herbaria curating Ms. Harbison Pharr’s specimens include Appalachian State…

Harry E. Ahles

(1924-1981) Harry Ahles was among the last botanists to gain his position through pure knowledge of plants rather than through the usual system of academic advancement.  He gained his first professional position as herbarium curator at the University of Illinois (ILL), with only a high school diploma (and a recently acquired one at that). While…

Donald Culross Peattie

(1898 – 1964) The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Herbarium (NCU) has cataloged approximately 430 vascular plant, a dozen fungal specimens, and one lichen specimen collected by Donald Culross Peattie. Most specimens are from Polk County, North Carolina. As cataloging continues, no doubt more specimens he collected will be found. Other herbaria curating…

Alma Joslyn Whiffen Barksdale

25 October 1916 – 5 July 1981 The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Herbarium (NCU) curates very few specimens collected by Alma Joslyn Whiffen Barksdale.  Our vascular plant collection contains one specimen she collected while an undergraduate at Maryville College in Tennessee, and about a dozen she collected as a graduate student in…

Robert M. Downs

27 October 1935 – 12 November 2011 The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Herbarium (NCU) has cataloged more than 2,200 specimens collected by Robert Marshall Downs. As we continue to catalog our collections more specimens collected by him will be found. Specimens collected by Robert M. Downs have been distributed widely across North…

Rose Lorraine Peifer

b. 1993 The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Herbarium (NCU) has cataloged approximately 60 specimens collected by Rose Peifer. She and co-collectors Mark Peifer, Lillian McCormick, and Carol Ann McCormick are documenting the flora of Alamance County, North Carolina.  NCU is the sole repository of herbarium specimens collected by Ms. Peifer. Ms. Peifer…

Just when you think you know some plant…

bottle brush

  By Derick B. Poindexter, Postdoctoral Plant Systematics Researcher, UNC Herbarium Relationships can be a fickle thing. You spend a tremendous amount of time building an understanding of what constitutes a species and memorizing a binomial, and then some taxonomist (probably during the winter months while nothing is in flower) goes and messes with it….

Madeline Palmer Burbanck

(27 October 1914 – 1 January 2007)1 The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Herbarium (NCU) has cataloged about a dozen vascular plant specimens collected by Madeline Palmer Burbanck.  She usually signed her specimens as “M. P. Burbanck”.  More specimens will without doubt be found as our cataloging continues.  Other herbaria which curate specimens collected…

Florence Isobel Montgomery Givens

(19 April 1933 –  15 November 1990) The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Herbarium (NCU) has cataloged about 25 vascular plant specimens collected by Florence Montgomery Givens. All specimens found thus far were collected in Oglethorpe County, Georgia as vouchers for her thesis on the flora of the Echols Mill granite outcrop.  Most specimens at…