The University of North Carolina Herbarium
has catalogued over 1,140 vascular plant specimens collected by Kenneth
Edward Rogers. He usually used “Ken E.
Rogers” on herbarium labels, and his wife, Louise, was a frequent
co-collector. As only about 10% of
NCU’s specimens have been catalogued, without doubt we will continue to find
specimens deposited by Rogers.
Ken E. Rogers also collected bryophytes;
these are deposited at FLAS (ca. 770 specimens), TENN (ca. 160 specimens) and
BRIT (ca. 40), with DUKE, MO, NY, and COLO having a dozen or fewer specimens
to Right: Sy
Sohmer, R. Dale Thomas, Ken E. Rogers, Wayne
ca. early 1960’s
Photograph courtesy of
Patricia Cox & B. Eugene Wofford, University of Tennessee Herbarium
Rogers earned his Ph.D. from University of
Tennessee in Knoxville in 1969. The
title of his thesis was “A taxonomic study of the genus Ichnanthus (Gramineae),
In 1970 Rogers described Calamovilfa arcuata. “In the fall of 1968, on a plant collecting
trip with other botanists [Aaron J. Sharp, Claudio Delgadillo Moya, and
Willem Meijer] to the Cumberland Plateau in Tennessee, I collected a grass
which was initially thought to be either a Panicum or some unfamiliar
grass. Perhaps intuitively, enough
material was collected for several herbarium specimens… Dr. Thomas R. Soderstrom, Curator of Grasses at the United States
National Museum, after examining my material and a single specimen
essentially identical to it from southeast Oklahoma [Pushmataha County],
suggested that I describe the grass as a new species.” The holotype of Calamovilfa arcuata is at US, with isotypes
deposited in ISC, LAF, TAES, TENN and US.3 Since 1968, Calamovilfa arcuata has
been documented from Alabama (Blount County), Arkansas (Scott and Howard
Counties), Georgia (Walker County), and Kentucky (McCreary County). It has also been documented from additional
counties in Tennessee (Morgan and Scott) and in Oklahoma (Atoka and
Rogers was hired by the University of Southern Mississippi Herbarium (USMS)
in 1968. “Dr. Rogers
had a keen eye for plants and was a prolific collector. He helped convince
the administration of the importance of the Ragland Hills near Hattiesburg,
and a prominent supporter of the University, Dr. M. M. Roberts, and his wife
donated a sizeable portion of that botanically rich area to the University in
1981.”1 Dr. Rogers chose to
deposit the specimens he collected in Ragland Hills to NCU, and duplicate
specimens (when available) were distributed to various herbaria including GH,
MISSA, MO, NY, SMU (now part of BRIT), US, TENN, and VDB (now part of BRIT).2 “Dr. Rogers left the University [of
Southern Mississippi] in 1973.”1
professional affiliation on his 1977 paper on the Ragland Hills flora is
listed as Department of Horticulture, University of Maryland in College Park,
to relatives Dr. Rogers died in 2017.5
E. (1977) Vascular flora of the Ragland Hills area of Forrest and
Perry Counties, Mississippi. Sida 7(1): 51-79.
Rogers, Ken E. and Dana G. Griffin III (1974) Notes on Mississippi bryophytes
Rogers, Ken E. and Frank D. Bowers (1973) Notes on Tennessee plants III. Castanea
Rogers, Ken E. (1973)
Notes on plants of Mississippi I. Castanea
Rogers, Ken E. (1971)
Notes of Tennessee plants II.
Castanea 36(3): 191-194.
Rogers, Ken E. and Frank D. Bowers (1969) Notes on Tennessee plants. Castanea
Rogers, Ken E. (1970) A new species of Calamovilfa (Gramineae) from North America. Rhodoroa 72(789): 72-79, f. 1-2.
Rogers, Kenneth Edward (1969) A taxonomic study of the genus Ichnanthus (Gramineae), section Foleolata Pilger. Ph.D. Thesis, University of Tennessee,
Rogers, Ken E. (1968) A new species of
(Gramineae) from southeast Asia. Bull. Torrey Bot. Club 95(5): 423-424.
Rogers, Ken E. and J.K. Underwood (1968) Some noteworthy Tennessee
accessed on 21 June 2011.
Ken E. (1977)
Vascular flora of the Ragland Hills area of Forrest and Perry
Counties, Mississippi. Sida 7(1): 51-79;
Ken E. (1970) A new species of Calamovilfa
(Gramineae) from North America. Rhodora
72(789): 72-79, f.1-2.
for “Calamovilfa arcuata” in
sernecportal.org accessed on 3 July 2018.
comm. Dwayne Estes to McCormick. July 2, 2018.