NCU has catalogued about 220 vascular plant
specimens collected by James H. Horton.
As our collection continues to be cataloged, more specimens collected
by him will be found. He usually used
“James H. Horton” on herbarium labels.
Other herbaria which curate his specimens
include USCH (University of South Carolina at Columbia), ASU (Arizona State
University), KE (Kent State University), FLAS (Florida Museum of Natural
History), CM (Carnegie Museum of Natural History), DSC (Delta State
University), GA (University of Georgia), MISS (University of Mississippi), F
(Field Museum), MUR (Murray State University), BOON (Appalachian State
University), MO (Missiouri Botanical Garden), WILLI
(College of William & Mary), GAS (Georgia Southern University), NY (New
York Botanical Garden), and WCUH (Western Carolina University).
Horton was born to Margaret Rice Horton and Ralph Horton in Winston-Salem,
North Carolina on 9 January 1931. He
graduated from high school in Salisbury, North Carolina and earned a B.S.
from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1952. In 1954 he married Jane Simmons; together
they had five children (Mark Ormand, Jeb Thomason,
Margaret Lane, William Heathman and James
Graham). Horton earned graduate
degrees in botany from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The title of his Masters
thesis was “A Vascular Flora of Rowan County, North Carolina” (1958), and his
doctoral thesis was entitled “A Monograph of the Delopyrum Small, Dentoceras
Michx., and Thysanella Gray (Polygonaceae)”
(1961). Horton joined the faculty of
Western Carolina University (Cullowhee, North Carolina) in 1961 and retired
from that institution in 1992. He was
co-founder of the Cullowhee Native Plant Conference.1, 2 Horton died at age 86,
on 5 May 2017 in Cullowhee, North Carolina.
Horton, James H. 1958. A Vascular
Flora of Rowan County, North Carolina.
M.A. Thesis, Botany Department, University of North Carolina at Chapel
-----. 1961. A Monograph of the Delopyrum Small, Dentoceras
Michx., and Thysanella Gray (Polygonaceae). Ph.D. Thesis, Botany Department, University
of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
--- 1963. A taxonomic revision of Polygonella (Polygonaceae). Brittonia 15(3):
Wickland, Diane E. and J. H. Horton. 1977.
A botanical evaluation of the French Broad River corridor of North
Carolina. Report to Tennessee Valley
Horton, J. H. and L. G. Hotaling. 1981.
Floristics of selected heath communities along the southern section of
the Blue Ridge Parkway. National Park
Service Research / Resources Management Report No. 45.
1. Obituary: James Heathman
Horton. Asheville Citizen-Times. May 20, 1017. http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/citizen-times/obituary.aspx?page=lifestory&pid=185437631 accessed on 29 September 2017.
Jessica, William R. Burk, and Elizabeth A. Appleton. 2008.
Couch Biology Library: Botany
Theses and Dissertations. A list of
dissertations and graduate theses in botany completed at the University of
North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1912-2005.