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Collectors of the UNC Herbarium

Mary Eugenia Wharton
(1912 - 1991)

Information compiled by Carol Ann McCormick (August 2005)

The University of North Carolina Herbarium (NCU) has catalogued about 70 specimens collected by Mary E. Wharton. All are from Kentucky. With approximately 10% of the collection catalogued at this time, many more specimens collected by Dr. Wharton will be found.


The following paragraph is from pages 81-82 of Jones, Ronald L. (2005) Plant life of Kentucky: an illustrated guide to the vascular flora. The University Press of Kentucky, Lexington.

Another major study in the 1940s was a Ph.D. dissertation by Mary E. Wharton on the flora and vegetation of the Devonian-Mississippian black shale regions of Kentucky. This study of the Knobs region, the most comprehensive regionwide study yet attempted in Kentucky, resulted in the documentation of over 1,000 taxa in the area. One of Wharton's collections of a dewberry species was named in her honor, Rubus whartoniae. Her study was done out of the University of Michigan, but over 6,000 specimens were donated to McFarland's growing collection at the University of Kentucky. Wharton was associated with Georgetown College for the remainder of her professional career. During her long career, she, in collaboration with Roger Barbour, produced a series of popular books dealing with the Kentucky flora, including books on wildflowers and ferns (Wharton & Barbour 1971), trees and shrubs (1973), and Bluegrass Land & Life (1991). This latter work represented the culmination of her outstanding career; it included a list of 1, 149 plant species of the flora of the Inner Bluegrass and was her final plea for protection of the disappearing natural resources of the Bluegrass. Perspectives on the life of Mary Wharton include those of Meijer [Meijer, W. (1992) Mary Wharton. Kentucky Native Plant Society Newsletter 7(1): 2-3] and Wieland [Wieland, C. (1992) Mary Eugenia Wharto, 1912-1991. Kentucky Ntive Plant Society Newsletter 7(1): 1-2.].

PUBLICATIONS

Wharton, M.E. (1945) Floristics and vegetation of the Devonian-Mississippian black shale region of Kentucky. Ph.D. dissertation, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
Wharton, M.E. and R. W. Barbour (1971) A guide to the wildflowers and ferns of Kentucky. The University Press of Kentucky, Lexington.
---- (1973) Trees & shrubs of Kentucky. The University Press of Kentucky, Lexington.
---- (1991) Bluegrass land & life: Land character, plants, & animals of the Inner Bluegrass Region of Kentucky: Past, present, & future. The University Press of Kentucky, Lexington.

 


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