Ivey Foreman Lewis

(3 August 1882 – 16 March 1964) The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Herbarium (NCU) has cataloged less than a dozen botanical specimens collected by Ivey Foreman Lewis. Most specimens were collected ca. 1901 near the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill campus while he was an undergraduate. A few were collected…

Wade Thomas Batson, Jr.

(1912-2015) The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Herbarium (NCU) has cataloged about 150 vascular plant specimens collected by Batson, who usually signed his herbarium labels “W. T. Batson”.  Without doubt more specimens will be found as we continue to catalog our collections.  Most of Batson’s specimens at NCU were collected in South Carolina;…

Goodwin LeBaron Foster

(4 June 1891 – March 1977) The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Herbarium (NCU) has cataloged approximately 50 vascular plant specimens collected by Goodwin LeBaron Foster, who signed his specimens and scientific papers “G.L. Foster.”  Foster was clearly keen on collecting and keen on his status as an alumnus of Dartmouth College, as…

Bruce Alexander Sorrie

Illustration for collector profile of Bruce Sorrie

b. 1944 Bruce Sorrie with Taxodium ascendens in Moore County, North Carolina in 22 November, 2011. Photo by Kathy Ann Walsh. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Herbarium (NCU) is Bruce Sorrie’s primary repository for specimens collected for the North Carolina Natural Heritage Program and for other botanical projects throughout the southeastern United…

A New Fungus Among-Us: “Chip Cherry” makes first appearance in North Carolina

New plants, animals and fungi are not only found in far-away exotic locations. The Carolina campus might be a surprising place to find an fungus never before documented from North Carolina, but recently a Carolina Biology major did just that. 

Helen Shedd Sherwin

photo for Herbarium bio of collector Helen Shedd Sherwin

(4 August 1921 – 23 November 1990 ) Helen Shedd Sherwin was born in Raleigh, North Carolina to Edith Sherwin nee Dodson and Melvin Ernest Sherwin.  Her father was a professor of agriculture at North Carolina State College in that city.  She earned her Bachelor’s degree from Women’s College of the University of North Carolina (which later became…

Luther Stanford Beard

(21 February 1929 – 22 November 2012) The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Herbarium (NCU) curates over 270 vascular plant specimens collected by Luther Stanford Beard. Without doubt more specimens collected by Beard will be found as NCU continues to catalog collections.  Beard signed herbarium labels as “L. S. Beard” and was known…

Rachel Milner Fell Treakle

(6 April 1856 – 14 March 1938) The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Herbarium (NCU) has cataloged 10 fungal specimens collected by Rachel Milner Fell.  NCU seems to be the only herbarium curating fungal specimens collected by her. Rachel M. Fell was born on 6 April 1856 to Hester Vernon Brown Fell (1818-1906)…

Mary Cloyd Burnley Stifler

(7 November 1876 – ca. 24 August 1956) The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Herbarium (NCU) has cataloged 25 specimens collected by Mary Cloyd Burnley Stifler, who went by “Cloyd” and used “C. B. Stifler” on most labels. As cataloging of our collections continues, perhaps more will be found. NCU’s fungal specimens collected by Stifler were…