Liriodendron tulipifera flower

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A Department of the North Carolina Botanical Garden


Collectors of the University of North Carolina Herbarium (NCU)
Information compiled by Carol Ann McCormick

James Rex Baird
(b. 22 September 1932)

The University of North Carolina Herbarium has catalogued about 300 specimens collected by James Rex Baird. As only a small fraction of the collection is databased, without doubt many more will be found.  He frequently collected with Harry E. Ahles for the “Flora of the Carolinas” project which was the basis for the 1968 book, Manual of the Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

In addition to NCU, specimens collected by Baird can be found in the herbaria of Austin Peay State University (APSC), William & Mary (WILLI), Valdosta State University (VSC), University of Wisconsin (WIS)

Rex Baird was born in Morganton, North Carolina, son of Carrie Lee Burns and Clyde McDowell Baird.  He earned his Bachelor degree from Appalachian State Teacher College (now Appalachian State University in Boone) in 1957. 


J. Rex Baird (L) and Alan S. Weakley (R)
at North Carolina Botanical Garden, June 2016

Rex Baird earned his Ph.D. at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1969 under Dr. Albert E. Radford.  Baird’s thesis, “A taxonomic revision of the plant family Myricaceae of North America, north of Mexico,” was published in 1969. 

Baird was a member of the faculty in the Department of Natural Sciences at University of Virginia at Wise and co-chair of the Flora Committee of the Virginia Academy of Sciences. He was also an advisor to the Flora of Virginia Project, which culminated with the 2012 publication of Flora of Virginia by Alan S. Weakley, J. Christopher Ludwig and John F. Townsend.

Baird currently lives in Hillsborough, North Carolina. 



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University of North Carolina Herbarium
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University of North Carolina
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3280
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Last Updated: 24 June 2016