The University of North Carolina Herbarium
(NCU) has catalogued approximately 140 vascular plant specimens, 100 lichen specimens, and 140 moss specimens collected by Paul O. Schallert. NCU has
just begun cataloguing our mycological
collection, and Schallert specimens are represented there as well. With only about 10% of NCU's vascular plant
and 1% of the mycological collection catalogued, no doubt more specimens
collected by Schallert will be found.
Schallert was born in Watertown, Wisconsin on 5 March 1879 to
William and Fredericke Florentina
(Volkmann) Schallert. He earned a B. A. and B. S. from Marion College in Marion, Indiana, then graduated from the University of Illinois
College of Physicians & Surgeons in 1904 with M.S. and M.D. degrees.4 Schallert was an externe
at St. Mary’s of Nazareth Hospital in Chicago, Illinois from 1903 to 1904,
and an intern at Playfair Maternity Hospital in
Chicago, Illinois in 1904. He
practiced medicine in Wrightstown, Wisconsin (1904-1908), Johnson Creek,
Wisconsin (1908-1910), and Winston-Salem, North Carolina (1910-1943).4,
How Schallert became
interested in botany is unclear, but he collected throughout the United
States, with particular emphasis on the area around his home in Forsyth
County, North Carolina. In 1920 Schallert bought the “David Reid House” in Winston-Salem.
Built ca. 1894, this house located at 1820 South Main Street [in 1982
was] designated a Local Historic Landmark by the Forsyth County Historic
Resources Commission. “The David Reid
House is one of the finest late 19th century Queen Anne style
dwellings in the Washington Park neighborhood, and one of only a few
remaining in Winston-Salem… In 1920, Paul O. Schallert
bought the property. Schallert was a physician and surgeon, and had an office
in the house. He was also extremely
interested in botany, teaching the subject at Salem College. He travelled extensively to collect and
identify herbal and botanical samples.
Schallert was an early pioneer in the
campaign against tobacco smoking, which was quite an unpopular stance at the
time. He left Winston-Salem in 1943 to
join the Army as a contract surgeon.
After World War II, he moved to Altamonte Springs, Seminole County, Florida.”1 Schallert usually used "P.O. Schallert, M.D." on specimen labels; location
information on specimens is frequently “My yard” or “Near my house.”
Schallert gave his collection of hepatics (liverworts) to Duke
University (DUKE) in the 1930's. Schallert's
correspondence with American botanists is preserved at the Botanical Research
Institute (BRIT) in Fort Worth, Texas, while other papers are held by the
University of Central Florida Libraries in Orlando, Florida.
Schallert was a member of the Boy Scouts of America, American
Association for the Advancement of Science, the Sullivant
Moss Society, the American Medical Association, the North Carolina State
Medical Society, the Forsyth County Medical Society, the American Asiatic
Society, the American Nature Association, the American Tree Society, and the
North Carolina Academy of Science.4
Paul Otto Schallert
and Grace Jackson were married in Bogota, Illinois on 16 May 1904. Together they had four children: Marion Vespera,
Dorothy Amaryllis, Paul Otto, Jr. (b. 1913, and a graduate of the University
of North Carolina at Chapel Hill), and Nancy Elizabeth.2, 3,
Schallert, P. O. (1934) Schweinitz'
collecting-ground in North Carolina. Bartonia 16:
PARTIAL LIST OF PUBLICATIONS THAT CITE
SCHALLERT SPECIMENS, OR REFER TO SCHALLERT'S PARTICIPATION IN A MEETING OR
Grout, A. J. (1923) Leucodon
julaceus (Hedw.) Sulliv.,
with flagella. The Bryologist 26(3): 30.
Evans, Alexander W. (1923) Notes on North American Hepaticae.
X. The Bryologist 26(6): 55-67 + viii.
Beals, A. T. (1927) The Philadelphia meeting of the
Sullivant Moss Society. The Bryolotist
Wherry, Edgar T. (1932) Range-extensions and other
observations, 1931-1932. American Fern Journal 22(3): 79-86.
Conard, Henry S. (1934) The moss foray at
Highlands, N.C. June 11-13, 1934. The Bryologist 37(5): 77-78.
Sayre, Geneva (1934) Decurrent leaf cells in Climacium. The Bryologist 37(5): 83-85.
Blomquist, H. L. (1936) Hepaticae
of North Carolina. The Bryologist 39(3): 49-67.
Welch, Winona H. (1936) The moss foray in North Carolina, June 13-15, 1936.
The Bryologist 39(6): 122-123.
Blomquist, H.L. (1937) Mosses of North Carolina. I.
Sphagnales. The Bryologist 40(4): 67-71.
Anderson, Lewis E. (1938) The mosses of North Carolina: II. Introduction. The
Bryologist 41(1): 1-11.
Anderson, Lewis E. (1938) The mosses of North Carolina. IV. Archidiaceae to Seligeriaceae
(concluded). The Bryologist 41(5): 118-123.
Anderson, Lewis E. (1939) The mosses of North Carolina: III. Andreaceaceae to Fissidentaceae.
The Bryologist 41(4): 82-90.
Anderson, Lewis E. (1939) The mosses of North Carolina: V. Dicranaceae to Calymperaceae.
The Bryologist 43(3): 62-70.
Berry, Edward Cain (1941) A monograph of the genus Parmelia
in North America, north of Mexico. Annals of the Missouri Botanical Garden
Evans, Alexander W. (1947) A study of certain North American Cladoniae. The Bryologist 50(1): 14-51.
Kucyniak, James (1949) Jungermannia
tristis and Atrichum
macmellani in Quebec. The Bryologist 52(2):
Anderson, Lewis E. (1951) The mosses of North Carolina VI. Encalyptaceae to Pottiaceae.
The Bryologist 54(3): 146-161.
Nielsen, C. S. (1956) Notes on Stigonemataceae from
Southeastern United States. Transactions of the American Microscopical
Society 75(4): 427-436.
Nielsen, C. S. and Grace C. Madsen (1956) Florida Scytonemataceae
II. American Midland Naturalist 56(1): 116-`25.
Andrews, A. LeRoy (1957) Taxonomic notes. XIII. The
genus Campylium. The Bryologist 60(2):
Anderson, Lewis E. (1958) The mosses of North Carolina. VIII. Grimmiaceae to Orthotrichaceae.
The Bryologist 61(4): 285-313.
Anderson, Lewis E. (1958) The mosses of North Carolina: VII. Addenda and
corrections. The Bryologist 61(3): 204-213.
Matthews, James F., Lawrence S. Barden, and Christopher R. Matthews (1977)
Corrections of the chromosome number, distribution and misidentifications of
the federally endangered sunflower, Helianthus schweinitzii
T. & G. Journal of the Torrey Botanical Society 124(2): 198-209.
Andrus, Richard E. (1979) Sphagnum bartlettianum
in the southeastern United States. The Bryologist 82(2): 198-203.
Hong, Won Shic (1980) Hepaticae of the North Cascades Range, Washington. The
Bryologist 83(1): 94-102.
1. David Reid House. Local Historic Landmark Program. Forsyth County Historic Resources
accessed on 5
2. Yackety Yack, 1937.
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Yearbook. Ancestry.com U.S. School Yearbooks
[database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc. 2010.
US Federal Census.
4. Thompson, Loyd and
Winfield Scott Downs (1925)
Who’s Who in American Medicine 1925. Who’s Who Publications, Inc., NY,