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Aug. 28, 2007

New plant named by UNC Herbarium botanist

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A new, rare species of Boneset or Thoroughwort (genus Eupatorium) has been discovered growing in Carolina bays and similar wet depressions in North and South Carolina. The distinctive Bay Boneset (Eupatorium paludicola) was described by botanist Richard LeBlond, an associate with the University of North Carolina Herbarium, in the botanical journal Rhodora (Vol. 109, No. 938), published Aug. 22.

Bay Boneset has been identified from eight sites in the Carolina Coastal Plain. The species name, paludicola, is Latin for “a dweller in marshes.” Bay Boneset favors isolated wet depressions with fluctuating water levels, and several of the sites are clay-based Carolina bays with perched water tables. The habitats are typically flooded in winter and spring, and sometimes well into summer. These conditions favor wildflowers, grasses, and sedges that are able to take advantage of an often short growing season, and discourage most shrubs and trees. 

“This new species shows, once again, that North Carolina and the Southeast are teeming with plant diversity,” said Peter White, director of the North Carolina Botanical Garden, of which the UNC Herbarium is a part. “New species are not just in the tropics. Our long evolutionary history, uninterrupted by glacial ice, and our tremendous habitat diversity means that there is much more to be explored and discovered.”

Specimens of the new Boneset were deposited in the UNC Herbarium’s collection, joining more than 1,000 other plant specimens collected by LeBlond. The National Science Foundation has ranked the UNC Herbarium and its collection of more than 750,000 plant specimens fifth in importance among 302 institutions, based on academic activity associated with the collection, and third among university collections. With collections from all 100 North Carolina counties and all parts of the Southeast, the UNC Herbarium is the largest and most important reference collection for plant identification and distribution in the State.

 

Four from UNC win ACLS fellowships

The American Council of Learned Societies recently announced fellowships to doctoral students and young faculty. Two faculty members and two students in the UNC College of Arts & Sciences were awarded fellowships.

Kevin M. Bartig, a doctoral candidate in musicology, was awarded for his dissertation, “Composing for the Red Screen: Sergei Prokofiev’s Film Music,” which explores Prokofiev’s work with film.

Janelle A. Werner, a doctoral candidate in history. Her dissertation, “‘As Long as their Sin is Privy:’ Priests and Concubines in England, 1375-1549,” provides an in-depth analysis of clerical concubinage in medieval England.

Jeanne Moskal, a professor of English, was awarded a Contemplative Practice Fellowship, which supports research leading to the development of courses and teaching materials that integrate awareness of contemplative practices into courses. Moskal’s “Mindful Passages in Travel and Travel Writing” course on travel literature emphasizes “passage,” the physical movement from place to place.

Eric Karchmer, adjunct assistant professor of anthropology, was awarded an American Research in the Humanities in China grant for “The Making of Chinese Medicine: The Republican Era Encounter with Western Medicine.” The project examines the historical transformation of Chinese medicine that begins in the Republical era and culminates in the Communist Period.

For more information, visit: http://www.acls.org/fellows/new/.

N.C. Botanical Garden contact: Laura Cotterman, (919) 962-0522 or lmcotter@unc.edu
Arts & Sciences contact: Dee Reid, (919) 843-6339 or deereid@unc.edu
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