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A Department of the North Carolina Botanical Garden

 
 


Collectors of the UNC Herbarium
Information compiled by Carol Ann McCormick,
Assistant Curator of the University of North Carolina Herbarium


Richard LeBlond
b. 19 July 1941

 


Richard LeBlond is interested in the vascular flora of the eastern United States in general and the coastal plain of North Carolina in particular. He has been an Associate of the University of North Carolina Herbarium since 2003.

The University of North Carolina Herbarium has accessioned over 1,900 specimens collected by LeBlond, and it continues to be the primary repository for specimens collected for his work with the North Carolina Natural Heritage Program.

Richard LeBlond was born in Portland, Oregon on July 19, 1941. After serving in the U.S. Navy as a journalist, he graduated from the University of Washington in Seattle in 1966 with a B.A. in English Literature. He joined the National Park Service in 1967 as an administrative assistant at Glacier National Park, transferring to Cape Cod National Seashore in 1968. He left the park service in 1972 and lived in Europe until 1974, mostly in Spain and Greece. After Europe, he returned to Cape Cod and became administrator of the Outer Cape Environmental Association and founded the Provincetown Conservation Trust. This work led to an increasing interest in botany and the odd yet fortuitous belief that no one would take him seriously if he did not learn the grasses, sedges, and rushes. And that has made all the difference.In 1990 he began working as an inventory biologist in southeastern North Carolina, and became a staff member of the N.C. Natural Heritage Program in 1994.

LeBlond retired from the Heritage Program in April, 2007.He is an Associate of the University of North Carolina Herbarium and is currently reviewing (and annotating as needed) all NCUís specimens of Panicum / Dichanthelium.

Selected published works:

Sorrie, B. A. and R. J. LeBlond (2014)Eleocharis fallax (Cyperaceae):Recent collections and morphological comparison with E. ambigens and E. montevidensis.Phytoneuron 2014-7:1-7.

 

Weakley, Alan S., Richard J. LeBlond, Bruce A. Sorrie, C. Theo Witsell, L. Dwayne Estes, Kanchi Gandhi, Katherine Gould Mathews, and Atsushi Ebihara (2011)New combinations, rank changes, and nomenclatural and taxonomic comments in the vascular flora of the southeastern United States.J. Bot. Res. Inst. Texas 5(2):437-455.

Sorrie, Bruce A., Patrick D. McMillan, Brian van Eerden, Richard J. LeBlond, Philip E. Hyatt, and Loran C. Anderson.2011.Carex austrodeflexa (CYPERACEAE), a new species of Carex sect. Acrocystis from the Atlantic Coastal Plain of the southeastern United States.J. Bot. Res. Inst. Texas 5(1):45-51.

Wall, W.A., T.R. Wentworth, S. Sheligoski, J.M. Stucky, R.J. LeBlond, and W.A. Hoffmann.2011.Lost and found:Remnants of the Big Savannah and their relationship to west savannas in North Carolina.Castanea 76(4):348-365.

LeBlond, Richard J. and Daniel F. Brunton.2010.Noteworthy collections:North Carolina.Castanea 75(4):501-502. [Isoetes microvela D.F. Brunt. Collected in Sampson County, NC]

LeBlond, Richard J.2010.The type specimens of Panicum roanokense (Poaceae).Phytoneuron 2010-7:1-4.http://phytoneuron.net/PhytoN-Panicumroanokense.pdf

Sorrie, Bruce A. and Richard J. LeBlond.2008.Noteworthy collections from the southeastern United States.J. Bot. Res. Inst. Texas 2(2):1353-1361.

LeBlond, Richard J., Edward E. Schilling, Richard D. Porcher, Bruce A. Sorrie, John F. Townsend, Patrick D. McMillan and Alan S. Weakley. 2007. Eupatorium paludicola, sp. nov. (Asteraceae): A new species form the coastal plain of North and South Carolina. Rhodora 109 (938): 137-177.

Schilling, Edward E. , Richard J. LeBlond, Bruce A. Sorrie and Alan S. Weakley. 2007. Relationships of the New England Boneset, Eupatorium novae-angliae (Asteraceae). Rhodora 109 (938): 145-160.

Shelingoski, S., R.J. LeBlond, J.M. Stucky, and T.R. Wentworth. 2005. Flora and soils of Wells Savannah, an example of a unique savannah type. Castanea 70: 101-114.

LeBlond, R. J. and A. S. Weakley. 2002. Schizaea pusilla in North Carolina. Rhodora 104: 86-91.

LeBlond, R. J. 2001. Endemic plants of the Cape Fear Arch region. Castanea 66: 83-97.

LeBlond, R. J. and B. A. Sorrie. 2001. Additions to and noteworthy records for the flora of the Coastal Plain of North Carolina. Castanea 66: 288-302.

LeBlond, R. J. 2001. Taxonomy of the Dichotoma group of Dichanthelium (Poaceae). Sida 19: 821-837.

LeBlond, R. J. 2000. Solidago villosicarpa (Asteracaea: Astereae), a rare new southeastern Coastal Plain endemic. Sida 19: 291-300.

LeBlond, R. J. 1997. Distribution of Rhynchospora harperi. Castanea 62: 278-280.

Sorrie, B.A., and R.J. LeBlond. 1997. Vascular plants new to the Bahamas and Andros Island. Bahamas Journal of Science 4 (2): 14-18.

LeBlond, R. J., A. S. Weakley, A. A. Reznicek, and W. J. Crins. 1994. Carex lutea (Cyperaceae), a rare new coastal plain endemic from North Carolina. Sida 16: 153-161.

LeBlond, R.J. 1982. The Provincelands golden clubs. Rhodora 84: 297-300.

Selected un-publishable works:

KEY TO THE PINES OF SOUTHEASTERN NORTH CAROLINA

 

 

Looks like longleaf.

††††††††††† Is ......................................................................................... P. palustris

††††††††††† Isnít.

††††††††††††††††††††††† Either ......................................................................P. elliottii

††††††††††††††††††††††† Or ............................................................................ P. palustris x P. taeda

Doesnít look like longleaf.

††††††††††† Cones look like buffalo chips ..............................................†† P. serotina

††††††††††† Cones look like Schwarzenegger chips ...............................††† P. taeda

 

 


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Last Updated: 16 February 2012