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Welcome to the University of North Carolina Herbarium’s LICHEN collection! 


The lichen collection at the University of North Carolina Herbarium (NCU) began with specimens collected by William Chambers Coker, Henry Roland Totten, Alexander W. Evans, Paul O. Schallert and Fred W. Gray, who collected throughout North Carolina in the early half of the 20th century.   During this period the Herbarium also received lichen specimens from the other institutions, representing areas such as California, the Bahamas and New England, and a partial duplicate set of lichens collected by Francis Harper on the Ungava Arctic Expedition (1953).


NCU’s lichen collection remained dormant from about 1965-2005 when Gary Perlmutter, a new student of the North Carolina Botanical Garden’s Native Plant Studies certificate program, joined as an Herbarium Associate to build an inventory of the lichen biota of the North Carolina Piedmont as his Final Project.  In so doing he assumed curatorial responsibilities of the collection, and added to it with his project surveys.  This project was completed with Perlmutter’s graduation from the program in 2010, reporting a biota of 950 species in North Carolina with 340 of those occurring in the Piedmont of the state.   The lichen collection of the UNC Herbarium remains active as collection, curation and exchange continues.


Currently NCU has about 4400 lichen specimens covering about 800 different species  The collection “went live” in 2010 as a member of the Consortium of North American Lichen Herbaria.  All specimens in the Consortium, including NCU’s, can be searched via



Learn about the lichen biodiversity of North Carolina and surrounding areas by clicking on the links on the left side of this page.


For recent research by Gary Perlmutter on lichens of Piedmont communities in North Carolina, see
Lichens, Lichenicolous Fungi, and Allied Fungi of Turnipseed WakeNature Preserve, North Carolina, USA







Curriculum in Ecology                 North Carolina Botanical Garden               Biology Department
Curriculum                               North Carolina                                 UNC

   In Ecology                              Botanical Garden                   Biology Department


University of North Carolina Herbarium
CB# 3280, Coker Hall
University of North Carolina
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3280
phone: (919) 962-6931
fax: (919) 962-6930

Last Updated: 7 July 2011