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Collectors of the UNC Herbarium

Lindsay Shepherd Olive
(30 April 1917 – 19 October 1988)

Information compiled by Carol Ann McCormick 

The University of North Carolina Chapel Hill Herbarium has catalogued about 90 fungal and 20 vascular plant specimens collected by Lindsay S. Olive.  (It seems that he collected vascular plants only as required for classes.) As cataloging continues without doubt more specimens collected by him will be found. 

NCU curates the following type specimens collected by and/or described by Lindsay S. Olive.  As cataloging continues, more may be found.
Tremella grandibasidia L. S. Olive.  Holotype collected by Lindsay S. Olive on 11 December, 1943 from Battle Park in Orange County, North Carolina.  Mycoportal.org catalog #NCU-F-0005529.  Lindsay S. Olive. 1944. New or Rare Heterobasidiomycetes from North Carolina. I. J. Elisha Mitchell Scient. Soc. 60: 17-26 plus plates. Latin diagnosis: J. Elisha Mitchell Scientific Soc. 74: 41 (1958).
Sorodiplophrys stercorea
(Cienkowski) L. S. Olive & Dykstra.  Neotype cultured by Lindsay S. Olive.  Mycoportal.org catalog # NCU-F-0007787.  Diplophrys stercorea Cienk. Arch. Mikr. Anat. 12: 44 (1876). Sorodiplophrys stercorea (Cienk.) L.S. Olive & Dykstra, Mycologia 67(4): 873 (1975).
Sebacina sordida L. S. Olive.  Holotype collected by Olive “From woods in back of Dr. W.C. Coker’s [house in Chapel Hill, Orange County, North Carolina] on 27 December 1943.  Mycoportal.org catalog # NCU-F-0007834.  Lindsay S. Olive. 1944. New or Rare Heterobasidiomycetes from North Carolina. I. J. Elisha Mitchell Scient. Soc. 60: 17-26 plus plates. Latin diagnosis: J. Elisha Mitchell Scient. Soc. 74: 41 (1958). (Paratype is Mycoportal.org catalog # NCU-F-0007835.)
Sebacina epigaea var. bicolor L. S. Olive.  Holotype collected by Olive “near Meeting of the Waters [Creek in Chapel Hill, Orange County, North Carolina]” on 21 December 1943.  Mycoportal.org catalog # NCU-F-0008081.  Lindsay S. Olive. 1944. New or Rare Heterobasidiomycetes from North Carolina. I. J. Elisha Mitchell Scient. Soc. 60: 17-26 plus plates.
Exidia cokeri L. S. Olive.  Holotype collected by Olive from “woods behind Dr. W. C. Coker’s [house in Chapel Hill, Orange County, North Carolina]” on 27 December 1943.  Mycoportal.org catalog # NCU-F-0010318.  (Paratypes NCU-F-0010317, NCU-F-0010319).  Lindsay S. Olive. 1944. New or Rare Heterobasidiomycetes from North Carolina. I. J. Elisha Mitchell Scient. Soc. 60: 17-26 plus plates.

Ceratiomyxa hemisphaerica  L. S. Olive & Stoian.  Holotype collected by Olive in “Hollow Rock area near Chapel Hill” on 9 September 1977.  Mycoportal.org catalog #NCU-F-0026622.  Taxon described in Mycologia 71(3): 551-555 (1979).
Platygloea unispora L. S. Olive.  Holotype collected by Olive on 11 December 1943 from Battle Park [Orange County, North Carolina].  Mycoportal.org catalog # NCU-F-0026842.  Lindsay S. Olive. 1944. New or Rare Heterobasidiomycetes from North Carolina. I. J. Elisha Mitchell Scient. Soc. 60: 17-26 plus plates. Latin diagnosis: J. Elisha Mitchell Scient. Soc. 74: 41 (1958). 
  

Besides the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill Herbarium (NCU), other herbaria which curate mycological specimens collected by L. S. Olive include the New York Botanical Garden (NY), University of Arizona (ARIZ), the United States National Fungus Collections (BPI), University of Illinois (ILL), Iowa State University (ISC-F), and Louisiana State University (LSUM).

For excellent summaries of Lindsay S. Olive’s life and work, see:
Chrispeels, Maarten (s.d.) 
Biographical Memoirs:  Lindsay S. Olive 1917-1988.
Petersen, R. H. (1981) 
A biographical sketch of Lindsay Olive, with occasional personal reminiscences.  J. of the Elisha Mitchell Scientific Society 97:  70-76.
Petersen, R. H. (1989) 
Lindsay Shepherd Olive, 1917-1988.  Mycologia 81:  497-503.
 

Lindsay Shepherd was born to Sarah Williamson and Lindsay S. Olive, Sr. on 30 April 1917 in Florence, South Carolina.  He was a three time graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, earning a B.A. in 1938, a M.A. in 1940 (“Studies in the genus Gymnosporangium”), and a Ph.D. in 1942 (“Cytology, morphology, and parasitism of Thekopsora hydrangea”). 

“For his doctoral work, Olive had two mentors:  [John Nathaniel] Couch, who was interested in Septobasidium species; and William Chambers Coker, an expert on fleshy fungi.  As he entered graduate school in 1938, Olive accompanied Coker to Highlands, North Carolina, a village at the southern end of the Blue Ridge Mountains where the university had established the Highlands Biological Station.  Not only is the area beautiful, but also its warm humid climate is ideal for the study of fungi.  Olive fell in love with Highlands, returned to it many times, and eventually built a house there, where he retired after completing his career.  While a student, he met fellow student Anna Jean Grant, who grew up not far from the area.  They were married in Highlands in August 1942, immediately after Olive was awarded his Ph.D.”1

Olive served as mycologisty/plant pathologist at the United States Department of Agriculture in Beltsville, Maryland from 1944-1945, then taught for a year at the University of Georgia in Athens, followed by a three year stint at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge.  In 1949 he became an associate professor of botany at Columbia University in New York and formed collaborations with mycologists at the New York Botanical Garden.  Olive became the Kenan Professor of Botany at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1968.  He is perhaps best known for the major monograph, “The Mycetozoans” which was published by Academic Press in 1975.  Olive retired from Carolina in 1982, and died in Highlands, North Carolina on 19 October 1988.1

 

PUBLICATIONS
Burke, William R., Carmen Stoianovitch, Joy Mermin, and Ian Ewing. 1981.  Publications of Lindsay S. Olive, 1941-1980.  J. Elisha Mitchell Scientific Society 97(2)L  77-83.

 

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SOURCES:

1.  Chrispeels, Maarten (s.d.) Biographical Memoirs:  Lindsay S. Olive 1917-1988. 

 

 

 


   

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Last Updated: 13 February 2018