Happy Birthday, Psilocybe!

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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…

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  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!!

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  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

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  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

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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…

Upcoming Wildflower Excursions

NC Sandhills trees and grass

We are excited to announce an expanding partnership with the Friends of Plant Conservation (FoPC). Through education, resource development, and advocacy, FoPC supports the NC Plants Conservation Program to preserve rare plants in unique habitats throughout North Carolina. This expanding partnership has made possible several Excursions and Lunchbox Talks that highlight some our state’s rarest…

Plant Power Podcast

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Plant Power: The Power of Plants in a Changing Climate Through interviews with some of North Carolina’s finest naturalists, explore the conversation about native plants and their connection with our changing climate. Each episode is focused on providing listeners with resources to mitigate climate change impacts in their communities. Tune in to this six-episode mini-series…