Volume 15 – Issue 2 (Jun 1950)

The Family Hypericaceae in West Virginia

This paper is an attempt to revise the classification of the Hypericaceae of West Virginia. Since most of the members of this family are inconspicuous late summer blooming flowers that last but a day, they have not been collected in great numbers nor has any critical study of this group been made heretofore in this State.

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The Genus Hieracium in West Virginia

During the Spring of 1948 the author found, growing abundantly at Hopemont, West Virginia, a species of Hieracium which was typical of neither Hieracium pratense Tausch nor Hieracium floribundum Wimm. and Grab. but possessing traits of both these species. This led to a study of the West Virginia species of this genus and after completing the study it still remains the most perplexing problem encountered in the work.

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Notes on the Plant Geography of West Virginia

West Virginia has one of the most irregular outlines of any State in the Union. Various “panhandles” and lobes extend its territory to distances relatively far removed from the main body of the State, which fact is significant in any consideration of the phytogeography, as carrying its territory into latitudes and longitudes remarkably distant from one another, in view of the comparatively small area (24,181 sq. mi.) of the entire State. It is variously regarded as one of the northern, southern, eastern or western states. Its northern “panhandle” extends into the latitude of Staten Island; to the south it extends 60 miles below the latitude of Richmond; its eastern “panhandle” extends 50 miles east of the longitude of Buffalo; and its westernmost tip is 40 miles farther west than Cleveland.

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