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…

Norton G. Miller

(4 February 1942 – 7 December 2011) The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Herbarium (NCU) has cataloged about 40 lichen and moss specimens collected by Norton Miller. As more of these collections are cataloged more of his specimens may be found.  Dr. Miller was a visiting professor in the Botany Department at UNC-CH…

Wade Swann Neely

(28 November 1892 –  18 August 1940) The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Herbarium has cataloged to date a handful of vascular plant specimens collected by Wade Swann Neely, who usually signed his specimen labels as simply “Neely” or “W. S. Neely”. He commonly collected with professors William Chambers Coker and H. R. Totten as well as…

Mushrooms whose White Spores turn Bluish-Black

by Van Cotter, UNC Herbarium Associate Mushroom identification relies on many tricks of the trade.  One of the fun tricks is treating white mushroom spores with iodine in the form of Melzers Reagent to see if they turn bluish-black (much as iodine will turn the inside of potatoes bluish-black).  The term for this reaction is…

Maeburn Bruce Huneycutt

(7 January 1923 – 20 December 2004) The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Herbarium has cataloged to date about a dozen vascular plant specimens and a dozen fungal specimens collected by Maeburn Bruce Huneycutt, who usually signed his specimen labels as simply “Huneycutt”. Huneycutt collected vascular plants in Georgia (the Okefenokee Swamp) with C. Ritchie…

Following in Botanical Footsteps at Rocky Face Mountain

Allium keeverae

By Carol Ann McCormick, Curator, UNC-Chapel Hill Herbarium One of the few good aspects of the restrictions on school, social, and business activities this past spring has been that people have flocked to the outdoors.  Many who had never before visited Seven Mile Creek Preserve (in Hillsborough), Duke Forest (in Alamance, Orange and Durham Counties),…

Happy Birthday, Psilocybe!

spore print

By Carol Ann McCormick, Curator, and Dr. Van Cotter, Herbarium Associate, UNC-Chapel Hill Herbarium The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Herbarium (NCU) curates hundreds of thousands of botanical specimens – fungi, mosses, algae, lichens, ferns, wildflowers, shrubs, trees, and even plant fossils. Every once in a while a specimen catches the eye of…