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Collectors of the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill Herbarium

Francis Duncan Kelsey
(1849-1905)

Information compiled Carol Ann McCormick,
Curator, NCU


The University of North Carolina Herbarium has cataloged about 60 fungi collected by Francis Duncan Kelsey, who usually signed his labels as “F. D. Kelsey” or “Rev. F. D. Kelsey.”  As our micro-fungi continue to be cataloged it is likely that we will find more specimens collected by him.  Thus far, we have discovered two Isotypes collected by Kelsey in our holdings:  Aecidium eurotiae (Kelsey #89/62) and Ramularia arnicalis (Kelsey #89/88).

Portrait of Kelsey from Oberlin Alumni Magazine 1:  119 (facing page),
courtesy of Oberlin College

Besides the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill Herbarium (NCU), other herbaria which curate specimens collected by Kelsey include:  Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University (PH), Brown University (BRU), Cornell University (CUP), Field Museum (F), Farlow Herbarium of Harvard University (FH), University of Iowa (ISC), Louisiana State University (LSUM), Miami University (MU), Michigan State University (MSC), New York Botanical Garden (NY), Oregon State University (OSC), Purdue University (PUR), Rutgers University (CHRB), United States National Fungus Collection (BPI), University of California (UC), University of Florida (FLAS), University of Illinois (ILL), University of Michigan (MICH), University of Montana (MONTU), University of Nebraska State Museum (NEB), University of Wisconsin (WIS), University of Wyoming (RMS), and Washington State University (WSP).


Label for specimen collected in Bonita, Montana on 27 August, 1888
by Reverend Francis Duncan Kelsey

Dr. Wayne J. Elisens of the Department of Botany at Miami University in Oxford Ohio, wrote an informative article on Kelsey1, from which I have excerpted the information below:

Francis Duncan Kelsey (1849-1905) was a Congregationalist clergyman and botanist.  He was born in New Washington, Indiana but moved early to southern Ohio…After receiving his B. A. from Marietta College (Ohio) in 1870 and B.D. from Andover Theological Seminary (Massachusetts) in 1874, the Rev. Kelsey held pastorates in Maine, Attleboro, Massachusetts, and Helena, Montana.  During his pastorate in Helena (1885- July 1893), Kelsey actively pursued his interest in native plants and began his career as a professional botanist.  From 1887 to 1890 he served as lecturer at the College of Montana in Deer Lodge; in 1890 the College conferred on him the degree of Sc.D.  His collections and teaching of the local flora did much to arouse interest in botany throughout the state…Kelsey left Montana in August 1893 to accept the first professorship of botany at Oberlin College (Ohio). 

Although Kelsey’s professional botanical career was brief, he published 14 papers in professional journals, described with specialists 10 taxa previously unknown to science, and amassed an important private herbarium of more than 6000 plants… His herbarium represents one of the important early collections of Montana plants and is rich in type material…

The most complete representation of Kelsey’s mycological collections is at MU; other important sets are at NY and MIN. 

TAXA DESCRIBED BY FRANCIS DUNCAN KELSEY [Table II in Elisen]
Fungi:
Aecidiella Ellis & Kelsey, Bot. Gaz. 14:  208.  1889.
Aecidiella triumfettae Ellis & Kelsey, Bot. Gaz. 14:  208.  1889.
Asterina colubrinae Ellis & Kelsey, Bot. Gaz. 14:  207.  1889.
Hypospila cordiana Ellis & Kelsey, Bot. Gaz. 14:  208.  1889.
Uredo commelinacea Ellis & Kelsey, Bot. Gaz. 14:  209.  1889.
Uredo gouaniae Ellis & Kelsey, Bot. Gaz. 14:  209.  1889
Algae:
Chantrasia violacea var. kelseyi F. Anderson ex F. Anderson & Kelsey, Bull. Torrey Bot. Club 18:  138.  1891.
Cladophora glomerata var. filamentosa F. Anderson & Kelsey, Bull. Torrey Bot. Club 18:  141.  1891
Tetraspora gigantea F. Anderson & Kelsey, Bull. Torrey Bot. Club 18:  142.  1891
Tetraspora gigantea var. solida F. Anderson & Kelsey, Bull. Torrey Bot. Club 18:  143.  1891.

TAXA NAMED FOR FRANCIS DUNCAN KELSEY [Table II in Elisen]
Fungi:
Cucurbitaria kelseyi Ellis & Everh.
Homostegia kelseyi Ellis & Everh.
Alga:
Chantrasia violacea var. kelseyi F. Anderson ex F. Anderson & Kelsey
Angiosperms:
Astragalus kelseyi Rydb.
Carduus kelseyi Rydb.
Cryptanthe kelseyana Greene, Pittonia 2:  232.  1892.
Eriogyna Hook. Sect. Kelseya S. Wats. Bot. Gaz. 15:  242.  1890.
Phlox kelseyi Britton
Potentilla kelseyi Rydb.


Kelsey’s Publications:
Anderson, F. W. and F. D. Kelsey 1889.  Erysiphe upon phytoptus distortions
.  J. Mycology 5:  209-210.
Kelsey, F. D.  1890.  Rattlesnake antidote [Hieracium scouleri Hook. ].  Botanical Gazette 15(9):  237-239.
Anderson, F. W. and F. D. Kelsey.  1891.  Common and conspicuous algae of Montana.  Bull. Torrey Bot. Club 18:  137-146.
Ellis, J. B. and F. D. Kelsey.  1897.  New West Indian fungi
.  Bull. Torrey Bot. Club 24:  207-209.
Kelsey, F. D.  1888.  A handy herbarium.  Botanical Gazette 13(1):  16-17.
Kelsey, F. D.  1889.  Notes on the fungi of Helena, Montana. 
J. Mycology 5:  80-82.
Kelsey, F. D. 1889.  Study of Montana Erysipheae. 
Botanical Gazette  14:  285-288.
Anderson, F. W. and F. D. Kelsey.  1889.  REVIEW:  Boleti of the United States by Charles H. Peck
.  J. Mycology 5(4):  220-221.
Kelsey, F. D.  1889.  Another “loco” plant.  Botanical Gazette 14(1):  20.
Kelsey, F. D. 1892.  A Rocky Mountain botanical tramp.  Zoe 3:  108-113.
Kelsey, F. D. 1892.  F. W. Anderson, Sc. D. 
Botanical Gazette 17:  78-81.
Kelsey, F. D.  1895.  Note on Aster.  Botanical Gazette 20(12):  549.
Kelsey, F. D.  1895.  Some field notes
.  Botanical Gazette 20(3):  117-118.
Kelsey, F. D.  1896.  Bark within a tree trunk.  Botanical Gazette 22(1): 54.
Kelsey, F. D.  1896.  The genus Uncinula.  The Observer (Portland) 7:  431-432, 538-540.
Kelsey, F. D.  1897.  The genus Uncinula.  The Observer (Portland) 8:  53-57, 144-148.
Kelsey, F. D.  1897.  Questions for botany.  Bull. Oberlin Coll. Lab. No. 4.
Kelsey, F. D.  1897.  The genus Uncinula.  Bull. Oberlin Coll. Lab.  7:  1-15 (a reprint of 1896-1897 monograph).

SOURCES:

1.  Elisens, Wayne J. 1985.  The Montana collections of Francis Duncan Kelsey.  Brittonia 37(4):  382-391.

 


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Last Updated: 18 January 2017