The University of North Carolina Chapel
Hill Herbarium has catalogued about 25 vascular plant specimens collected by Florence
Montgomery Givens. All specimens found thus far were collected in Oglethorpe
County, Georgia as vouchers for her thesis on the flora of the Echols Mill
granite outcrop. Most specimens at NCU
bear her maiden name, but a few have her married name, so they are cataloged
under “Montgomery Givens, Florence”.
Most of Florence Montgomery Givens’
specimens are deposited at Louisiana State University (LSU). Other herbaria which hold her specimens
include Missouri Botanical Garden (MO), Tulane University (NO; absorbed by
LSU in 2017), Florida Museum of Natural History (FLAS), University of
Illinois (ILL), University of Michigan (MICH), University of Texas (TEX), and
Valdosta States University (VSC).
Florence Isobel Montgomery Givens was born to
Sarah L. Johnston and Hugh Montgomery in Donaghmore,
County Tyrone, Northern Ireland3. According to Lievens
et al., Florence grew up and graduated from high school in Sherrill, New
York. She earned an AAS (associate
degree in science) in Ornamental Horticulture & Biological Technology
from the State University of New York at Farmingdale, then
attained a BS (bachelor of science) degree in Botany from the University of
Georgia in Athens in 1964. She earned
a Masters Degree at University of Georgia under Dr.
Wilbur H. Duncan, and the title of her 1971 thesis was “The Vascular Flora of
Echols Mill Granitic Outcrop.” 1
Montgomery married Charles Ray Givens in Athens, Georgia on June 7, 1969.2
“In 1976, Florence and her husband, Ray,
moved to Louisiana where Ray took a faculty position in geology at Nicholls
State University in Thibodaux. Four
years later, Florence began her association with the Department of Botany at
Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge where she was chosen for the position
of assistant curator of the herbarium [LSU], working under the direction of
Lowell E. Urbatsch.
One of her first duties was to organize Professor Clair Brown’s
various plant collections which had been in storage since his death… Over the
years, Florence collected many fine specimens; these have included not only
flowering plants and ferns but also lichens and mosses. At the time of her death, her collection
numbers totaled over 5000 specimens, many of which are represented in the
herbarium of Louisiana State University, and through exchange, in other herbaria…
Florence died on 15 November 1990 after a long struggle with cancer.”1
Alan W., Marie S. Standifer, and Shirley C.
Tucker. 1991. Florence Montgomery Givens (1933-1990). SIDA, Contributions to Botany 14(4): 623-626.
2. Ancestry.com. Oconee County, Georgia Probate Court
Marriage Records, 1875-2010 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011. Original data: Vital Records; Marriage Licenses. Watkinsville, Georgia: Oconee County Probate Court. Accessed on 26 March 2018.
3. Ancestry.com. U.S., Social Security Applications &
Claims Index, 1936-2007 [database on-line].
Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com
Operations, Inc., 2015. Accessed on 26