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…

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….

Thank you, Volunteers!!

person holding thank you volunteers sign

  This week is National Volunteer Week! Thank you to all our volunteers for your contributions, time, dedication, fellowship, and all around awesomeness! Please enjoy this video from the NCBG staff! And check out this year’s milestone service award honorees, listed below! 2020 Milestone Service Awards 5 years Sarah Manfred Robert Kraus Simone Speizer (belated…

Mason Farm Microbes Make Fine Sourdough Bread

finished bread, loaves 5 and 6

  By Van T. Cotter, Ph.D., Herbarium Associate (and fungi expert!) University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Herbarium (NCU) A discovery While visiting Mason Farm Biological Reserve on March 22, I came upon a grape vine covered with orange slime.  A portion of the slime was covered with a frothy white material which smelled…

Stuck at Home, not Stuck Inside

kids looking at flowers with binoculars

We care deeply about the health and well-being of our visitors, staff, and volunteers. As part of the University community, the North Carolina Botanical Garden operates under the same conditions as the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. For University updates and advisories on the Coronavirus, please visit www.unc.edu/coronavirus. Check for our most recent Garden-specific…