Information compiled February 2006 by Carol Ann
Assistant Curator of the University of North Carolina Herbarium.
The Unviersity of North Carolina
Herbarium has, to date, catalogued only a handful of specimens collected
by Dr. Thomas F. Lucy. Several of Lucy's specimens held by NCU are
from the "Flora of the Upper Waters of the Susquehanna"
project, but how these came to NCU is not recorded. As our entire
collection is databased, perhaps more specimens collected by Lucy
will be found.
Lucy, T. F. (1881) Notes from
Chemung County, New York. Bulletin of the Torrey Botanical Club
I had the good fortune to find on the fourth of July, 1881, good
flowering plants Liatris Loeselii, Richard. It was growing
in patches on the moist ledges of the Wellesburg Narrows, amongst
moss. In 1874 I found one specimen of Cacalia atriplicifolia,
L., at the side of the railroad at Wellesburg, but have never seen
another since. May the seed have been dropped from a passing train?
I also found one clump of Arisaema Dracontium, Schott,
and Lophanthus scrophulariaefolius, Benth., last
season on the bank of the Chemung; Lilium superbum, L.
also grows sparingly along the Chemung, and in 1874 I found there
one specimen of Cassia Marilandica, L.
I will exchange for rare plants from other parts of New York, and
desire to correspond with working botanists in all parts of the
Lowman, New York
T. F. Lucy, M.D.
For an interesting and informative
article on Dr. Lucy, see:
Kelloff, Carol L. and Lee B.
Kass (1993) Dr. Thomas F. Lucy: Early botanist of the Chemung River
Valley, New York. RHODORA 95: 137-154.