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Collectors of the UNC Herbarium

Joachim Henrich Schuette
(20 April 1821 – 21 July 1908)

Information compiled December 2010 by Carol Ann McCormick,
Assistant Curator of the University of North Carolina Herbarium. 
Special thanks to Mary Jane Herber of the Brown County Public Library in Green Bay, Wisconsin.

The University of North Carolina Herbarium has only a handful of specimens collected by Joachim Schuette (pronounced “SHOOT-ee”) – all are from Wisconsin.  As more of NCU’s collection is catalogued, it is possible that more will be found.

The Harvard Herbaria Index of Botanists list the herbaria that have Schuette’s specimens as F (30,000 specimens; Field Museum, Chicago, Illinois, USA), A (Arnold Arboretum, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA), DS (Dudley Herbarium, now held by CAS, California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco, California, USA), K (Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, England, UK), L (Nationaal Herbarium Nederland, Leiden University, Netherlands), NY (New York Botanical Garden, New York, USA), and US (Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., USA).  


Schuette was born in Uelzen, Hannover (modern day Germany) in 1821, and emigrated to the United States in 1874.  He had five children.  He and daughter, Clara, lived at 513 Pine Street in Green Bay.  In Wright’s Directory of Green Bay 1900, his is listed as “botanist” and Clara is listed as “music teacher.”  He edited various German language newspapers, including Volk Zeitung and Wisconsin Staats-Zeitung, in Green Bay, Wisconsin. He was editor of Volk Zeitung from 1874-1879, and the Staats-Zeitung from 1876-1877.  

In the 1910 US Federal Census, two years after Joachim died, Clara is listed as single, head of household, music teacher.  Also living in her house is a lodger, 27 year old Louis Gash, a Lutheran clergyman.  In the 1920 US Federal Census, Clara, now age 68, is listed as single, head of household, and music teacher in her home.

One of Joachim’s sons, Fred F. G. Schuette (age 56 in 1910 US census; commercial traveler with “Wh. Crockery” [White’s Crockery]), along with his wife, Hellen [sic], and children Fred O. (22; bookkeeper at bank), Amanda (22; high school teacher), and Sibil [sic] C. (16), lived on South 10th Street in Green Bay.  Two other children, Henry A. and Marie are not listed in the 1910 census.  Fred O. Schuette became head cashier at the Kellogg-Citizens National Bank;   Sibyl Schuette, was Head Librarian of the Brown County [Wisconsin] Public Library from 1932 to 1956; and Henry Schuette became a professor of chemistry at University of Wisconsin, Madison.

W.W. Ashe named Crataegus schuettei in Joachim Schuette’s honor (J. Elisha Mitchell Sci. Society. 17(2): 7-8.  1901.).  NCU holds two paratypes of Crataegus schuettei var. cuneata:

and an isotype of Crateagus schuettei var. gigantea:

Two other taxa were named in Joachim Schuette’s honor.  Quercus x schuettei, a hybrid between  Q. bicolor and Q. macrocarpon, was named in Schuette’s honor by William Trelease (1857-1945). The holotype of Rosa schuetteana Erlanson, collected from Cheboygan County, Michigan in 1924, is at MO.



Schuette, J.H. (1903)  The hawthorns of northeastern Wisconsin.  Proc. Biol. Soc. Washington 16:  91-98.



Stafleu & Cowan (1985)  Taxonomic Literature, 2nd edition, Volume 5:  365.

Mary Jane Herber, Librarian, Local History & Geneology Department, Brown County Public Library, Green Bay, Wisconsin.

The UNC Herbarium would appreciate receiving more information about Joachim Schuette. Please contact Carol Ann McCormick, Assistant Curator, by email or by phone at (919) 962-6931.

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Last Updated: 3 May 2011