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A Department of the North Carolina Botanical Garden

 
 


Collectors of the UNC Herbarium
Information compiled by Carol Ann McCormick


Ken E. Rogers
(Kenneth Edward Rogers)

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 each.

Left to Right:  Sy Sohmer, R. Dale Thomas, Ken E. Rogers, Wayne Chester
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), section Foveolata Pilger.” 

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

Rogers’ professional affiliation on his 1977 paper on the Ragland Hills flora is listed as Department of Horticulture, University of Maryland in College Park, MD. 

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PUBLICATIONS:

Rogers, Ken 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 I.  Castanea 39(3):  239-262.
Rogers, Ken E. and Frank D. Bowers (1973)  Notes on Tennessee plants III.  Castanea 38(4):  335-339.
Rogers, Ken E. (1973)  Notes on plants of Mississippi I.  Castanea 38(2):  199-203.
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 34(4):  394-397.
Rogers, Kenneth Edward (1969)  A taxonomic study of the genus Ichnanthus (Graminae), section Foleolata Pilger.  Ph.D. Thesis, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN.
Rogers, Ken E. (1968)  A new species of Ichnanthus (Graminae) from southeast Asia.  Bull. Torrey Bot. Club 95(5):  423-424.
Rogers, Ken E. and J.K. Underwood (1968)  Some noteworthy Tennessee plants.  Castanea 33(3):  260-261.

 

  SOURCES:

1.         http://www.usm.edu/herbarium/about_us.htm accessed on 21 June 2011.

2.       Rogers, Ken E. (1977)  Vascular flora of the Ragland Hills area of Forrest and Perry Counties, Mississippi.  Sida 7(1):  51-79; page 53.

 


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