Further Afield: Wilkerson Nature Preserve in Wake County, North Carolina

by Bryan England Preserve Manager, Annie Louise Wilkerson, MD Nature Preserve Park   In the summer of 2021, the UNC-Chapel Hill Herbarium received an unexpected specimen, a rare native wildflower known as “red wood lettuce” (Lactuca hirsuta), which had not been collected in the North Carolina Piedmont in over 50 years.  According to Bruce Sorrie…

William Frederick Hinton

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Herbarium (NCU) curates only a handful of specimens collected by William Frederick Hinton, who always used “Fred Hinton” on his specimen labels.  All were collected in the Piedmont of North Carolina — Orange, Iredell, Davie, and Rowan counties.  The Ted R. Bradley Herbarium at George Mason University…

Mildred Gant Stites Reed

( 9 January 1912 – June 1967 )1 The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Herbarium (NCU) has cataloged about 60 specimens collected by Mildred Gant Stites Reed. All were collected between 1933 and 1935, and most were co-collected with her spouse, John Frederick Reed. Most specimens in the NCU collection came as a…

Alfred Cuthbert

(August 1857 – 1932) The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Herbarium (NCU) has about a dozen specimens collected by Alfred Cuthbert.  About half are from Augusta, Richmond County, Georgia, and the others from Saint Helena Island, Beaufort County, South Carolina.  Cuthbert’s specimens at NCU were collected between 1887 and 1901.  As NCU’s collection continues to be…

Welcome, new Herbarium students!

Five undergraduate students — some new, some returning — will be working in the Herbarium during the 2021-2022 academic year.  In addition, throughout the year we will welcome undergraduate classes (Local Flora, Physician’s Garden, Plant Biology, and Writing in the Natural Sciences) to the Herbarium. Maya Stroud is a sophomore majoring in chemistry and minoring…

Weakley’s goldentop –– newly recognized, but of course, it’s been there all along!

by Guy Nesom, Ph.D. Research Associate, Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania   The ‘weakley’ of Alan Weakley now also belongs with a species in the sunflower family!  Euthamia weakleyi has been named in a taxonomic study of the genus by Guy Nesom, published in an August 2021 posting of the digital…

Rebecca Ward Reynolds

(b. 2 October 1907 – 18 November 2001) The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Herbarium (NCU) curates about 20 vascular plant specimens and 11 bryophyte specimens collected by Rebecca Ward Reynolds.  Of those found to date, all were collected between 1928 and 1931 and are signed “Rebecca Ward”.  It seems likely that she…

Eugène Poilane

accompanies bio of Eugene Poilane

(16 March 1888 – 30 April 1964) The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Herbarium (NCU) curates 19 fungal specimens and 3 vascular plant specimens collected by Eugène Poilane.  As our vascular plant collection continues to be inventoried, it is likely that more specimens collected by Poilane will be found. According to the Harvard Herbaria database of botanists,…

John Lewis Sheldon

(10 November 1865 –  17 January 1947)8 The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Herbarium (NCU) curates few specimens collected by John Lewis Sheldon, who usually signed his labels as “J. L. Sheldon”.  However, his specimens are curated by many institutions including Cornell University (CUP; fungi), Harvard University Herbaria (FH, GH, NEBC; fungi, lichens,…

Ferdinand Blanchard

(8 November 1851- 18 December 1892) “Earth is so full of things to know and see From Northern Lights to animanculae”    The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Herbarium (NCU) has cataloged about 300 herbarium specimens collected by  Ferdinand Blanchard — medical doctor, poet, and botanist. Most of these specimens were received in 2002…