The University of North Carolina Herbarium
has catalogued over 1,140 vascular plant specimens collected by Kenneth
Edward Rogers. He usually used “Ken E.
Rogers” on herbarium labels, and his wife, Louise, was a frequent
co-collector. As only about 10% of
NCU’s specimens have been catalogued, without doubt we will continue to find
specimens deposited by Rogers.
Ken E. Rogers also collected bryophytes;
these are deposited at FLAS (ca. 770 specimens), TENN (ca. 160 specimens) and
BRIT (ca. 40), with DUKE, MO, NY, and COLO having a dozen or fewer specimens
to Right: Sy
Sohmer, R. Dale Thomas, Ken E. Rogers, Wayne
ca. early 1960’s
Photograph courtesy of
Patricia Cox & B. Eugene Wofford, University of Tennessee Herbarium
Rogers earned his Ph.D. from University of
Tennessee in Knoxville in 1969. The
title of his thesis was “A taxonomic study of the genus Ichnanthus (Gramineae),
Rogers was hired by the University of Southern Mississippi Herbarium (USMS)
in 1968. “Dr. Rogers
had a keen eye for plants and was a prolific collector. He helped convince
the administration of the importance of the Ragland Hills near Hattiesburg,
and a prominent supporter of the University, Dr. M. M. Roberts, and his wife
donated a sizeable portion of that botanically rich area to the University in
1981.”1 Dr. Rogers chose to
deposit the specimens he collected in Ragland Hills to NCU, and duplicate
specimens (when available) were distributed to various herbaria including GH,
MISSA, MO, NY, SMU (now part of BRIT), US, TENN, and VDB (now part of BRIT).2 “Dr. Rogers left the University [of
Southern Mississippi] in 1973.”1
professional affiliation on his 1977 paper on the Ragland Hills flora is
listed as Department of Horticulture, University of Maryland in College Park,
E. (1977) Vascular flora of the Ragland Hills area of Forrest and
Perry Counties, Mississippi. Sida 7(1): 51-79.
Rogers, Ken E. and Dana G. Griffin III (1974) Notes on Mississippi bryophytes
Rogers, Ken E. and Frank D. Bowers (1973) Notes on Tennessee plants III. Castanea
Rogers, Ken E. (1973)
Notes on plants of Mississippi I. Castanea
Rogers, Ken E. (1971)
Notes of Tennessee plants II.
Castanea 36(3): 191-194.
Rogers, Ken E. and Frank D. Bowers (1969) Notes on Tennessee plants. Castanea
Rogers, Kenneth Edward (1969) A taxonomic study of the genus Ichnanthus (Graminae), section Foleolata Pilger. Ph.D. Thesis, University of Tennessee,
Rogers, Ken E. (1968) A new species of
(Graminae) from southeast Asia. Bull. Torrey Bot. Club 95(5): 423-424.
Rogers, Ken E. and J.K. Underwood (1968) Some noteworthy Tennessee
accessed on 21 June 2011.
Ken E. (1977)
Vascular flora of the Ragland Hills area of Forrest and Perry
Counties, Mississippi. Sida 7(1): 51-79;