Bell was a prolific writer with a large number of books
and articles to his credit. Best known of his books are, of course, the
above-mentioned Manual of the Vascular Flora of the Carolinas published in 1968, as well as Wild
Flowers of North Carolina (with William S. Justice, Chapel Hill: UNC
Press, 1968, title page and frontispiece shown below) and Florida Wild
Flowers and Roadside Plants (with Bryan J. Taylor, Chapel Hill: Laurel
Hill Press, 1982). Both of the wildflower books are fully illustrated with
color photographs and are easily accessible to non-botanists.
Some of Dr. Bell's most recent accomplishments were in
the realm of videography. He and Dr.
Anne H. Lindsey constructed a series of video recordings, published by Laurel
Hill Press, each focusing on the visible flora of a particular season. The
most recent is Woodland Harvest of the Eastern Forests, highlighting
fruits rather than flowers (Laurel Hill, 1996).
Dr. Bell's papers have been compiled by Rhonda Teague
Rogers and are available in the North
Carolina Collection of the
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Papers pertaining to Dr. Bell's
work with the Botanical Garden are available in the Records of the North Carolina Botanical Garden, housed in the University
Complete bibliography of C. Ritchie Bell’s papers.
“I took my very first botany course at UNC from
Ritchie in the first summer session of 1966, and what a life changing
experience that was.” Dr. Elizabeth Fortson Wells,
Associate Professor of Botany, George Washington University, Washington,
D.C. 13 March 2013
“When I was a high school student in 1956, my Edneyville High School received a blue ditto flier from
the Carolinas Flora Project. Biology teacher, French Rogers, showed it
to me and suggested I might like to help on the collections project for
Henderson County. I did not know anything about plant keys and simply
collected plants and filled in a ditto label to be included with the
collections. I was able to construct a plant press from old apple
crates, cut up cardboard for ventilators, and was given some blue ink desk
pads which were cut into driers. During the summer between morning and
evening milking in the dairy or field work, I picked and dried plants in
front of our cooler fans. At the end of the year I had something over
400 specimens which I boxed up and shipped to UNC herbarium. Dr. H. R.
Totten mailed me a copy of Fernand's 8th edition of Gray's Manual of Botany, "To Dan Patillo,
Future Botanist". It was all
"Greek", rather like Latin, to me but got me started with some
To my and mother's surprise, early
next spring Prof. C. Ritchie Bell comes driving up our half-mile country road
on one of his collection trips. With encouragement, he suggested I go
to college. Already set up to attend Berea, after my initial freshman
labor with the dairy I was offered a project collecting the 5,000-acre Berea
College forest that firmly established that I would be a botanist and the
rest is history.” Dr. J. Dan Pittillo,
Professor Emeritus, Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, NC. March 2013
STUDENTS FOR WHOM C. RITCHIE BELL SERVED AS ADVISOR
1963. M.A. Variation correlations in the Phlox carolina –
Phlox glaberrima complex.
Baker, Philip Carlton. 1970.
Ph.D. A systematic study of the
L. , subgenus Polycodium (Raf.) Sleumer,
in the southeastern United States.
Bauer, Paul J. 1986.
Ph.D. Bumblebee pollination on a southern Appalachian grass bald and narcotic nectar in Angelica triquinata
Bennett, Bradley Charlton . 1988.
Ph.D. A comparison of life
history traits in selected epiphytic and saxicolous species of Tillandsia (Bromeliaceae)
from Florida and Peru.
Bostick, Peter Edward.
1966. Ph.D. A systematic study of the genus Rhexia.
Bradley, Ted Ray.
1965. M.A. Variation in mixed populations of Specularia perfoliata
(L.) A.DC. and Specularia bifora (R. & P.) Fisch. & Mey. Growing in
Bradley, Ted Ray.
1967. Ph.D. Hybridization and variation in the species
from North America.
Dorr, Laurence J. 1980. M.A.
The reproductive biology and pollination ecology of Zenobia (Ericaceae).
Drapalik, Donald Joseph.
1970. Ph.D. A biosystematic
study of the genus Matelea
in the southeastern United States.
Farmer, Janis M.
1982. M.A. Pollination and fertilization effectiveness
in Asclepias syriaca L.
Frantz, Vonda L. 1984. M.S.
Reproductive biology of the Atlantic coast plain endemic, Lysimachia asperulaefoliae
Gleaves, Charles T. 1979.
M.S. An investigation of
hybridization between two birches in North Carolina.
Hinton, William Fred. 1968.
M.A. The taxonomic status of Physalis lanceolata
in the Carolina Sandhills.
1971. M.A. A comparison of variability in Utricularia cornuta Michx. and Utricularia juncea Vahl.
Kowalczyk, Bruno Florian.
1973. M.A. The pollination ecology of Hedysarum alpinum L.
var. americanum Michx. and H. boreale Nutt. var. mackenzii
(Richards.) C.L. Hitchc. In the Kluane
Lake area of the Yukon Territory, Canada.
Lindsey, Anne Haskell. 1975.
M.A. Classification versus characterization in Thaspium and Zizia (Apiaceae).
Lindsey, Anne Haskell. 1979.
Ph.D. Pollination and breeding
system studies in Thaspium
Mathen, Oravackal Mathal. 1963. Ph.D.
A taxonomic comparison of Aureolaria, Agalinis and Tomanthera.
Mehrhoff, Loyal Archie III.
1980. M.A. The reproductive biology of the genus Isotria (Orchidaceae) and the ecology of Isotria medeoloides.
Mueller, Anna Maria.
1979. Ph.D. An evolutionary study of Coreopsis section Palmatae
Mueller, Sabina Gertrud. 1968.
Ph.D. The taxonomic
significance of cuticular patterns and leaf
morphology in populations of Vaccinium ericaceae.
1976. M.S. Reproductive potential of the hemiparasite Agalinis purpurea (L.) Pennell.
Nesom, Guy L. 1970.
M.A. Variation in Erigeron flagellaris
Gray and its presumed relatives endemic to south-western Utah.
Nesom, Guy L. 1980.
Ph.D. A revision of the epappose species of Erigeron
(Asteraceae – Astereae).
Otte, Deborah K. Strady. 1978.
M.A. The pollination ecology of
Hexastylis arifolia (Michx.) Small var. arifolia and H. minor (Ashe) Blomquist
(Aristolochiaceae) in the area of Chapel Hill,
Rogers, Judith Lee.
1965. M.A. Variation studies on three Cuscuta species
of subsection arvenses
in the Southeast.
Snider, Jerry A.
1969. A variation study of Agalinis decemloba (Greene)
Pennell and Agalinis obtusifolia Raf. in the Carolinas.
Spongberg, Stephen A.
1971. Ph.D. A systematic and evolutionary study of
North American arctic and alpine monocephalous
species of Erigeron (Compositae).
Stevenson, John Court. 1972.
Evolutionary strategies and ecology of Goodyera and Spiranthes
1980. Ph.D. Biosystematics of the Arisaema triphyllum complex.
Windler, Donald Richard.
1970. Ph.D. Systematic studies in Crotalaria sagittalis L. and related
species in North America (Leguminosae).
page was constructed by Ron Gilmour with the assistance of Mr. Bill Burk,
Mrs. Mary Felton,
Dr. Jim Massey, and Mr. Jim Murphy. Updates and edits have been made by Carol
Ann McCormick. Additional information
and corrections are welcome.