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Collectors of the UNC Herbarium
Information compiled by Carol Ann McCormick,
Curator of the University of North Carolina Herbarium


James Heathman Horton
(9 January 1931–  5 May 2017)
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NCU has catalogued about 220 vascular plant specimens collected by James H. Horton.  As our collection continues to be cataloged, more specimens collected by him will be found.  He usually used “James H. Horton” on herbarium labels.

Other herbaria which curate his specimens include USCH (University of South Carolina at Columbia), ASU (Arizona State University), KE (Kent State University), FLAS (Florida Museum of Natural History), CM (Carnegie Museum of Natural History), DSC (Delta State University), GA (University of Georgia), MISS (University of Mississippi), F (Field Museum), MUR (Murray State University), BOON (Appalachian State University), MO (Missiouri Botanical Garden), WILLI (College of William & Mary), GAS (Georgia Southern University), NY (New York Botanical Garden), and WCUH (Western Carolina University).

James Heathman Horton was born to Margaret Rice Horton and Ralph Horton in Winston-Salem, North Carolina on 9 January 1931.  He graduated from high school in Salisbury, North Carolina and earned a B.S. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1952.  In 1954 he married Jane Simmons; together they had five children (Mark Ormand, Jeb Thomason, Margaret Lane, William Heathman and James Graham).  Horton earned graduate degrees in botany from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  The title of his Masters thesis was “A Vascular Flora of Rowan County, North Carolina” (1958), and his doctoral thesis was entitled “A Monograph of the Delopyrum Small, Dentoceras Small, Polygonella Michx., and Thysanella Gray (Polygonaceae)” (1961).  Horton joined the faculty of Western Carolina University (Cullowhee, North Carolina) in 1961 and retired from that institution in 1992.  He was co-founder of the Cullowhee Native Plant Conference.1, 2  Horton died at age 86, on 5 May 2017 in Cullowhee, North Carolina.

 

James H. Horton1

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PUBLICATIONS by Horton:
Horton, James H. 1958.  A Vascular Flora of Rowan County, North Carolina.  M.A. Thesis, Botany Department, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
-----.  1961.  A Monograph of the Delopyrum Small, Dentoceras Small, Polygonella Michx., and Thysanella Gray (Polygonaceae).  Ph.D. Thesis, Botany Department, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  
--- 1963.  A taxonomic revision of Polygonella (Polygonaceae).  Brittonia 15(3):  177-203.
Wickland, Diane E. and J. H. Horton.  1977.  A botanical evaluation of the French Broad River corridor of North Carolina.  Report to Tennessee Valley Authority. 
Horton, J. H. and L. G. Hotaling.  1981.  Floristics of selected heath communities along the southern section of the Blue Ridge Parkway.  National Park Service Research / Resources Management Report No. 45.

Sources:

1. Obituary:  James Heathman Horton.  Asheville Citizen-Times.  May 20, 1017.  http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/citizen-times/obituary.aspx?page=lifestory&pid=185437631  accessed on 29 September 2017.
2.  Kilfoil, Jessica, William R. Burk, and Elizabeth A. Appleton.  2008.  Couch Biology Library:  Botany Theses and Dissertations.  A list of dissertations and graduate theses in botany completed at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1912-2005.  

 

  

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

email: mccormickATSIGNunc.edu  

Last Updated: 29 September 2017