The University of North Carolina Herbarium
(NCU) has catalogued over 1,300 specimens collected by Robert Godfrey, and
the North Carolina State University Herbarium (NCSC) has catalogued over
800. As both herbaria continue to
database their collections, no doubt many more will be found.
Photo courtesy of Department of Biological Science, Florida
Godfrey earned his undergraduate degree
from Maryville College in Tennessee, then earned masters degrees at North Carolina State University and
Harvard University. He earned his
doctorate in 1952 at Duke University under Dr. Hugo Blomquist
with his thesis, “Pluchea,
in North America, the Bahama Islands and the
He joined the faculty of Florida State
University in Tallahassee in 1954. He
was Curator of the herbarium at Florida State, and it was named in his honor
Robert Godfrey was married to Eleanor Niernsee (d. 1995); together they had two daughters.
Longtime associate Robert Kral wrote a tribute to Godfrey in the American Society
of Plant Taxonomists Newsletter, volume 15, June 2001. "The Robert K. Godfrey Endowment for
the Study of Botany" has been established at FSU. The fund is to be used
to support field and herbarium studies in botany, specifically to include: 1)
support of the FSU Herbarium for enhancement and maintenance of the
Collection, such as matching support for part-time curatorial assistance; and
2) sponsorship of independent research in the-field of botany and plant
ecology for both students and faculty, such as systematic/taxonomic studies,
botanical inventory, rare plant surveys, and studies in plant ecology or
plant conservation biology. The FSU Foundation address is 225 University
Center, Building C, Suite 3100, Tallahassee, Florida 32306-2660; phone 850
644-6000; fax 850 644-6211).
Kurz, H., and R. K. Godfrey. 1993. Trees of northern
Florida. University of Florida Press, Gainesville.
Godfrey, R.K. 1988.
Trees, shrubs and woody vines of northern Florida and adjacent Georgia
and Alabama. The University of Georgia
Press, Athens. 734pp.
Herz, W., K. Watanabe, R. K. Godfrey, and J. F. Blount.
1984. 3-germacren-6,12-olides from an undescribed Liatris taxon. Phytochemistry
Godfrey, R. K. 1983. Donovan Steward Correll, 1908-1983. Bulletin, Fairchild Tropical Garden
Godfrey, R. K. and J. W. Wooten. 1981.
Aquatic and wetland plants of the southeastern United States, Vol. II: Dicotyledons. University of Georgia Press, Athens. 933
Ward, D. B., and R. K. Godfrey. 1979. Lewton's Polygala.
Pages 50-51 in D. B. Ward, ed. Rare and Endangered Biota of Florida, volume
V, Plants. University Presses of Florida, Gainesville, Florida.
Godfrey, R.K. and Jean Wooten. 1975.
Aquatic and wetland plants of the southeastern United States, Vol. I: Monocotyledons. University of Georgia
Press, Athens. 712 pp.
Blaisdell, R S., J. Wooten, and R. K. Godfrey. 1974. The role
of magnolia and beech in forest processes in the Tallahassee, Florida,
Thomasville, Georgia area. In Proceedings of the Tall Timbers Fire Ecology
Conference. pp. 363-397.
Godfrey, R. K. 1969. Sida 3:447.
Godfrey, R.K. 1967.
Review of A Dictionary of Flowering Plants and Ferns by J.C.
Willis. Economic Botany 21(4): 398.
Godfrey, R. K., and A. F. Clewell. 1965. Polygamodioecious
Godfrey, R.K. 1964.
Review of The Flora of Delhi by J.K. Maheshwari. American Midland Naturalist 72(2): 511-512.
Godfrey, R. K. and Preston Adams. 1964. The
identity of Sagittaria isoeteformis
Sida 1:269 - 273.
Godfrey, R.K. 1963. Review of Aquatic Angiosperms: A systematic account of common Indian
aquatic angiosperms by K. Subramanyam. Science, New Series 142 (no. 3596): 1158.
Godfrey, R.K. 1963.
Review of Plant Taxonomy Methods and Principles by Lyman Benson. American Midland Naturalist 69(1); 252-253.
Godfrey, R. K. 1963. Wahlenbergia linarioides
(Campanulaceae) in Florida: A second adventives species for the United
Godfrey, R. K., and Herman Kurz. 1962. Florida Torreya destined for extinction.
Science 136 (no. 3519): 900 and 902.
Kurz, H., and R. K. Godfrey. 1962. Trees of northern
Florida. University of Florida Press, Gainesville.
Reinert, Grady W., and R. K. Godfrey. 1962. Reappraisal of Utricularia inflata
and U. radiata (Lentibulariaceae).
American Journal of Botany 49(3):
Godfrey, R.K., Grady W. Reinert,
and Richard D. Houk. 1961.
Observations on microsporocarpic material of
Azolla caroliniana. American Fern Journal 51(2): 89-92.
Godfrey, R. K. 1961. Liatris
provincialis, sp. nov.
(Compositae), endemic in western Florida. American
Midland Naturalist 66 (2): 466-470.
Godfrey, R. K. 1961. Gisekia pharnacioides,
a new weed. Rhodora 63:226-228.
Godfrey, R. K. 1961. Plantago cordata
still grows in Georgia. Castanea 26(3): 119-120.
Godfrey, R. K., and H. Larry Stripling.
1961. A synopsis of Pinguicula
(Lentibulariaceae) in the southeastern United States. American Midland
Naturalist 66(2): 395-409.
Godfrey, R. K. 1958. Some
identities in Halesia (Styracaceae).
Godfrey, R. K., and Robert Kral. 1958. A new species of Vicia
(Leguminosae) in Florida. Rhodora
Godfrey, R. K., and R. Kral. 1958. Observations on the Florida flora. Brittonia 10 (4) :166-177.
Godfrey, R. K. 1958. Additions to the summer check list of the
vascular plants of the Highlands Region.
Castanea 23(2): 49-51
Morton, C.V. and R.K. Godfrey. 1958.
naturalized in Florida. American Fern
Journal 48(1): 28-30.
Wood, C.E., Jr. and R. K. Godfrey.
(Lentibulariaceae) in the Southeastern United
Godfrey, R. K. 1952. Pluchea,
in North America. Journal of the Elisha Mitchell Scientific Society
K. 1952. Pluchea, section Stylimnus, in North America, the Bahama Islands and the greater Antilles. Thesis/dissertation/manuscript.
105 pp. Duke University, Durham, North Carolina.
Steve G. and R. K. Godfrey. 1952. Distribution notes on some grasses in North
William B., R. K. Godfrey, and H. L. Blomquist.
1950. Notes on distribution of North Carolina plants—II. Rhodora
52 (623): 253-271.
Fox, W. B.
and R. K. Godfrey. 1949. Notes on distribution of North Carolina
Plants – I. Rhodora
K. 1949. A change of status for two species of Chrysopsis. Rhodora
R.K. Studies in the Compositae of North Carolina III. An enumeration of noteworthy distribution
records. Journal of the Elisha
Mitchell Scientific Society 66(2):
Robert K. 1949. Studies in the Compositae
of North Carolina II. The Compositae
of Wake, Durham, and Orange Counties.
Journal of the Elisha Mitchell Scientific Society 65(2): 276-305.
Godfrey, Robert K. 1948. Studies in
the Compositae of North Carolina. I. Liatris.
Journal of the Elisha
Mitchell Scientific Society 64(2); 241-249.