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Collectors of the UNC Herbarium

Charles Theodore Mohr
[
baptized Karl Theodor Mohr]
(1824-1901)


Charles Mohr was one of Alabama’s first botanists. He was born in Germany and educated in Stuttgart. He collected in Suriname (1845-1846) and emigrated to the United States in 1848. After traveling to California in the gold rush, living briefly Mexico, Indiana, and Kentucky, he settled in Mobile, Alabama in 1857 and operated Chas. Mohr & Son Pharmacists and Chemists in Mobile, Alabama. Mohr was granted an honorary Ph.D. in 1893 by the University of Alabama in recognition of his contributions to the knowledge of the State’s flora and geology. He is best known as the author of Plant Life in Alabama, published in 1901.

Most of Mohr’s botanical specimens were given to the University of Alabama Herbarium (UNA, ca. 15,000 specimens; http://serfis.by.ua.edu) and to the United States National Herbarium (US, ca. 18,000 specimens; http://www.nmnh.si.edu/sysbiology/). The University of North Carolina Herbarium has several dozen collected by Mohr (mostly from Alabama ca. 1880-1890); without doubt additional specimens will be found as our collection continues to be cataloged and databased.

On December 18, 2004, Ms. Elizabeth Burch Heston (UNC Class of 1954, and great-great-granddaughter of C. T. Mohr) honored her ancestor by founding and endowing the Charles T. Mohr Herbarium Internship Fund to be used to support student interns working with mentors at the University of North Carolina Herbarium.

Partial list of publications by Charles T. Mohr:
1880. Preliminary list of the plants growing without cultivation in Alabama, from the collections made by Eugene A. Smith, Tuscaloosa, and Chas. Mohr, Mobile, Ala. Compiled by Chas. Mohr.

1890. The medicinal plants of Alabama. Systematic list of the medicinal plants occurring within the limits of the state, with notes on their distribution and proper time of collecting the parts used. Chas. Mohr, Mobile, Ala. Printed at the Register Job Office, Mobile, Ala.

1896. The timber pines of the southern United States by Charles Mohr, Ph.D. together with a discussion of the structure of their wood by Filibert Roth. Government Printing Office, Washington, D.C.

1901. Plant Life of Alabama. A account of the distribution, modes of association,and adaptations of the flora of Alabama, together with a systematic cataloge of the plants growing in the state. Prepared in cooperation with the Geological Survey of Alabama by Charles Mohr, Ph.D. Government Printing Office, Washington, D.C.

Plants named for Charles Theodore Mohr:
Andropogon mohrii (Hack.) Hack ex Vasey Mohr’s bluestem Grass family
Aristida mohrii Nash Mohr’s threeawn Grass family
Eupatorium mohrii Greene Mohr’s thoroughwort Aster family
Marshallia mohrii Beadle & F.E. Boynt. Mohr’s Barbara’s buttons Aster family
Rudbeckia mohrii Gray Mohr’s coneflower Aster family
Silphium mohrii Small Mohr’s rosinweed Aster family
Tephrosia mohrii (Rydb.) Godfrey pineland hoarypea Pea family
Quercus mohriana Buckl. Ex Rydb. Mohr oak Oak family

SOURCE: USDA, NRCS. 2004. The PLANTS Database, Version 3.5 (http://plants.usda.gov). National Plant Data Center, Baton Rouge, LA 70874-4490 USA.

Sources:
L. J. Davenport (1988) Charles Mohr, Botanist. Alabama Heritage 10: 32-45.

McCormick (2005) The Charles T. Mohr Herbarium Internship at the UNC Herbarium.

James Mohr (2002) Website by James Mohr, a great-great-grandson of Charles T. Mohr.

University of North Carolina at Asheville, D.H. Ramsey Library Special Collections/ University Archives.
C. T. Mohr collections.


Stafleu and Cowan (1981) Taxonomic literature: a selective guide to botanical publications and collections with dates, commentaries and types. Volume III: Lh-O. Bohn, Scheltema & Holkema, Utrecht. 2nd edition.

For more information on Charles T. Mohr, see the following publications:

Lawrence James Davenport (1978) Charles Mohr and the herbarium of the Geological Survey of Alabama. University of Alabama.

L. J. Davenport (1979) Charles Mohr and Plant Life of Alabama. Sida 8(1): 1-13.

 


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Last Updated: 3 January 2006