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Plants from the Past: Herbarium Collections of Curtis Gates Lloyd (1859-1926) and E. Lucy Braun (1889-1971)

Material Description

The plant specimens of Curtis Gates Lloyd and E. Lucy Braun at the Margaret H. Fulford Herbarium at the University of Cincinnati (CINC) are noteworthy in that they represent invaluable collections of both biological and historical relevance. Curtis Gates Lloyd was American mycologist and botanist based in Cincinnati, who along with his two brothers, owned Lloyd Brothers Pharmacists. This company was the first to advocate and offer plant extracts for popular medicinal use, such as Echinacea purpurea (Purple Coneflower). Curtis’ speciality was researching pharmaceuticals from medicinal plants, and he traveled extensively, undertaking several collecting expeditions to Samoa and other locations. He also regularly corresponded with botanists worldwide, who would send him specimens of potential medicinal importance. Curtis Gates Lloyd built up a large personal herbarium consisting of 30,000 specimens represented thousands of plant species collected across the world. Dr. E. Lucy Braun (1889-1971) was a renown biologist considered one of the founders of the field of plant ecology. She was among the first women to receive a Ph.D. from UC in 1914, where she joined the faculty. While exploring the forests of the Eastern US to study the distribution of plant species and their habitats, she collected thousands of plant specimens for the herbarium and her own personal collection (now at the National Museum in Washington D.C.). Dr. Braun’s 1950 book, Deciduous Forests of Eastern North America, is still considered today to be the preeminent source on forest ecology. She was a strong advocate for conservation of natural areas, resulting in the preservation of over 10,000 acres of land in Ohio. She was the first woman president of the Ecological Society of America in 1950. In 2001, Dr. Braun was named as one of Audubon Society’s Champions of Conservation who shaped the environmental movement of the 20th century.

Year Added:

2016

Institution

University of Cincinnati

Contact(s)

Dr. Eric Tepe
University of Cincinnati

Dr. Theresa Culley
University of Cincinnati


Formats

Date Range

1860 - 1860

Geographic Scope

The Braun collection covers the eastern US with a focus on Ohio and Kentucky. The Lloyd collection also includes many local specimens, as well as the first large collection of Samoan flora (which Lloyd collected on two extended expeditions), and a great number of European specimens that Lloyd had purchased.

Materials

  • 35000 Specimens