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The University of North Carolina
Herbarium
A Department of the North Carolina Botanical Garden

 
 


Collectors of the UNC Herbarium

Bruce Sorrie
b. 1944


The University of North Carolina Herbarium (NCU) is Bruce Sorrie's primary repository for specimens that he has collected for the North Carolina Natural Heritage Program and other botanical projects throughout the southeastern United States. With approximately 10% of the specimens in the Herbarium databased, we have catalogued approximately 4,900 of Sorrie's specimens. Bruce Sorrie is an Associate of the University of North Carolina Herbarium.

Other herbaria that hold Sorrie's botanical specimens include GH, US, FSU, AUA, NCSC, DUKE, MISS, and DOV. 

In September, 2011 Hexastylis sorriei was named in his honor by L.L. Gaddy.  Sandhills Heartleaf “is noteworthy in its ability to withstand and prosper in an ecotonal habitats exposed to frequent, hot fires…Hexastylis sorriei can generally said to be rare and local.  Fort Bragg and Camp Mackall [in North Carolina], where annual burning is widespread, are the only locations where the Sandhills Heartleaf can be said to be common.” 1

Bruce Sorrie was born in Andover, Massachusetts 11 July 1944, graduated from Phillips Academy 1963, and Cornell University 1967 with a B.S. in Vertebrate Zoology.

“After military service as a photographer and various positions as an ornithologist, it became clear that my deepening interest in plants was pointing towards a career in botany.

In 1979 I accepted a position as Botanist with the Natural Heritage Program in Boston, Massachusetts and remained there for 12 years, studying the rare flora of that state. In 1999 a colleague and I published the first complete catalogue of the flora of Massachusetts. Increasing interest in the flora of the southeastern U.S. coastal plain led to a move to North Carolina in 1991. Through natural area inventories and rare species surveys, I have studied coastal plain phytogeography from Virginia to Texas, primarily within the longleaf pine ecosystem. North Carolina natural areas inventoried include Fort Bragg and Camp Mackall (US Army), Sandhills Game Land, Holly Shelter Game Land, plus Richmond, Cumberland, and Hoke Counties.”  Sorrie retired from the North Carolina Natural Heritage Program in April, 2014 after completing inventories of Tyrrell and Dare Counties.

In 2011 the University of North Carolina Press published Sorrie’s “A field guide to the wildflowers of the Sandhills Region:  North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia.”  The book is available for purchase at the North Carolina Botanical Garden (919-962-0522).

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Selected publications:

Sorrie, B. A. and R. J. LeBlond (2014)  Eleocharis fallax (Cyperaceae):  Recent collections and morphological comparison with E. ambigens and E. montevidensis.  Phytoneuron 2014-7:  1-7.

 

Sorrie, B. A. (2014)  The maritime variant of Smilax bona-nox (Smilacaceae). Phytoneuron 2014-16:  1-3.

 

Sorrie, Bruce A., Wesley M. Knapp, L. Dwayne Estes, and Daniel D. Spaulding (2012)  A new Sisyrinchium (Iridaceae) from Cedar Glades in northern Alabama.  J. Bot. Res. Inst. Texas 6(2):  323-329.

 

Weakley, Alan S., Richard J. LeBlond, Bruce A. Sorrie, C. Theo Witsell, L. Dwayne Estes, Kanchi Gandhi, Katherine Gould Mathews, and Atsushi Ebihara (2011)  New combinations, rank changes, and nomenclatural and taxonomic comments in the vascular flora of the southeastern United States.  J. Bot. Res. Inst. Texas 5(2):  437-455.

Sorrie, Bruce A., Patrick D. McMillan, Brian van Eerden, Richard J. LeBlond, Philip E. Hyatt, and Loran C. Anderson (2011)  Carex austrodeflexa (CYPERACEAE), a new species of Carex sect. Acrocystis from the Atlantic Coastal Plain of the southeastern United States.  J. Bot. Res. Inst. Texas 5(1):  45-51.

Sorrie, B. A.  2011.  A field guide to the wildflowers of the Sandhill Region:  North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia.  University of North Carolina Press, Chapel Hill, NC.

Sorrie, B.A. 2010.  A new variety of Eutrochium purpureum (Eupatoriaeae:  Asteraceae).  Phytoneuron 2010-43:  1-6. 

Sorrie, Bruce A. and Richard J. LeBlond.  2008.  Noteworthy collections from the southeastern United States.  J. Bot. Res. Inst. Texas 2(2):  1353-1361.

Sorrie, Bruce A. and Alan S. Weakley. 2007. Notes on the Gaylussacia dumosa complex (Ericaceae). Journal of the Botanical Research Insitute of Texas 1 (1): 333-344.

Sorrie, Bruce A., Brian R. Keener, and Adrienne L. Edwards. 2007. Reinstatement of Sagittaria macrocarpa (Alismataceae). Journal of the Botanical Research Institute of Texas 1 (1): 345-350.

Sorrie, Bruce A. and Alan S. Weakley. 2007. Notes on Lechea maritima var. virginica (Cistaceae). Journal of the Botanical Research Institute of Texas 1 (1): 367-368.

Sorrie, Bruce A. and Alan S. Weakley. 2007. Recognition of Lechea pulchella var. ramosissima (Cistaceae). Journal of the Botanical Research Institute of Texas 1 (1): 369-372.

LeBlond, Richard J., Edward E. Schilling, Richard D. Porcher, Bruce A. Sorrie, John F. Townsend, Patrick D. McMillan and Alan S. Weakley. 2007. Eupatorium paludicola, sp. nov. (Asteraceae): A new species form the coastal plain of North and South Carolina. Rhodora 109 (938): 137-177.

Schilling, Edward E. , Richard J. LeBlond, Bruce A. Sorrie and Alan S. Weakley. 2007. Relationships of the New England Boneset, Eupatorium novae-angliae (Asteraceae). Rhodora 109 (938): 145-160.

Sorrie, Bruce A. 2005. Alien vascular plants in Massachusetts. Rhodora 107 (931): 284-329.

Sorrie, Bruce A. 2004. The status of rare vascular plants that bear Michaux's name. Castanea Occasional Papers 2: 158-168.

LeBlond, R. J. and B. A. Sorrie. 2003. Status survey for Thorne’s beaksedge (Rhynchospora thornei Kral). Report to North Carolina Natural Heritage Program, Raleigh, and to Endangered Species Office, US Fish & Wildlife Service, Raleigh, NC.

MacRoberts, M. H., B. R. MacRoberts, B.A. Sorrie, and R. E. Evans. 2002. Endemism in the west Gulf Coastal Plain: importance of xeric habitats. Sida 20: 767-780.

LeBlond, R. J. and B. A. Sorrie. 2002. Status survey for Carolina bog-mint (Macbridea carolinaina (Walter) Blake). Report to North Carolina Natural Heritage Program, Raleigh, and to Endangered Species Office, US Fish & Wildlife Service, Raleigh, NC.

Skinner, M. W. and B. A. Sorrie. 2002. Lilium pyrophilum M. Skinner & B. Sorrie, a new species in Liliaceae from the Sandhills of the Carolinas and Virginia. Novon 12: 94-105.

McMillan, P.D., R. K. Peet, R. D. Porcher, and B. A. Sorrie. 2002. Noteworthy botanical collections from the fire-maintained pineland and wetland communities of the coastal plain of the Carolinas and Georgia. Castanea 67: 61-83.

LeBlond, R. J. and B. A. Sorrie. 2001. Additions to and noteworthy records for the flora of the coastal plain of North Carolina. Castanea: 66: 288-302.

Sorrie, B. A. and A. S. Weakley. 2001. Coastal plain vascular plant endemics: phytogeographic patterns. Castanea 66: 50-82.

Sorrie, B. A. 2000. Status survey for southern three-awned grass (Aristida simpliciflora) in Florida. Report to Florida Natural Areas Inventory, Tallahassee.

Sorrie, B. A. 2000. Rhynchospora leptocarpa (Cyperaceae), an overlooked species of the southeastern United States. Sida 19: 139-147.

Sorrie, B. A. and S. W. Leonard. 1999. Noteworthy records of Mississippi vascular plants. Sida 18: 889-908.

Sorrie B. A. and P. Somers. 1999. The Vascular Plants of Massachusetts: A County Checklist. Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife. Natural Heritage and Endangered Species Program. 187 pp.

Kral, R. and B. A. Sorrie. 1998. Proposal to conserve the name Eriocaulon lineare (Eriocaulaceae) with a conserved type. Taxon 47: 741-742.

Sorrie, B. A. 1998. Distribution of Drosera filiformis and D. tracyi (Droseraceae): phytogeographic implications. Rhodora 100: 239-260.

Sorrie, B. A. 1998. Noteworthy collections from Georgia. Castanea 63: 496-500.

Sorrie, B. A., B. Van Eerden, and M. J. Russo. 1997. Noteworthy plants from Fort Bragg and Camp Mackall, North Carolina. Castanea 62: 239-259.

 

REFERENCES:

1.       Gaddy, L.L. (2011)  A new species of Hexastylis (Aristolochiaceae) from the Sandhills of North and South Carolina.  Phytoneuron 2011-47:  1-5. 

 

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Bruce Sorrie with Taxodium ascendens in Moore County, North Carolina
photo by Kathy Ann Walsh, 22 November 2011

  

 

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Last Updated: 11 December 2012