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Collectors of the UNC Herbarium
Information compiled by Carol Ann McCormick,
Curator of the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill Herbarium(NCU)

Florence Isobel Montgomery Givens
(19 April 1933 –  15 November 1990)


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

 Florence 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


1.  Lievens, Alan W., Marie S. Standifer, and Shirley C. Tucker.  1991.  Florence Montgomery Givens (1933-1990).  SIDA, Contributions to Botany 14(4):  623-626.
2.  Oconee County, Georgia Probate Court Marriage Records, 1875-2010 [database on-line].  Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2011.  Original data:  Vital Records; Marriage Licenses.  Watkinsville, Georgia:  Oconee County Probate Court.  Accessed on 26 March 2018.
3.  U.S., Social Security Applications & Claims Index, 1936-2007 [database on-line].  Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2015.  Accessed on 26 March 2018. 






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

Last Updated: 26 March 2018