Howell Woods Environmental Learning Center (Johnston County, North Carolina; "Howell Woods") is "the most significant terrestrial natural area in the county" as designated by the NC Natural Heritage Program. Comprising 1155 ha, the site is one of the largest tracts of intact forest remaining in the county. Howell Woods is home to ten natural plant communities and numerous rare plant species. Guide to the Vascular Flora of Howell Woods provides a checklist of the flora compiled from the first author's collections, historic collections, and reports of species from the site. The illustrated guide is based on the checklist of over 580 species in 123 families and includes 108 new county records. Keys are provided to all vouchered or reported species and genera. Habitat, exotic status, flowering and fruiting phenology, abundance, and synonymy are incorporated. In addition, relevant voucher information is provided. This is first in a series of Illustrated Floras of North Carolina Project from the North Carolina State University Vascular Plant Herbarium (NCSC), designed to be useful to both botanical specialists and a more general audience.
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Kelly Thames (née Hines) is a wetland scientist at an environmental consulting and habitat restoration firm continuing her interests working with the public, plants, and the natural world.
Alexander Krings, Ph.D. is Assistant Professor of Plant Biology and Director of the Vascular Plant Herbarium at North Carolina State University. The central focus of his work is the discovery, taxonomic circumscription, and monography of plants and the subsequent development of applied resources that facilitate plant identification and related communication. Dr. Krings is also author of the Manual of the Vascular Flora of Nags Head Woods, Outer Banks, North Carolina (2010) published by the New York Botanical Garden Press.
Jon M. Stucky, Ph.D. is Professor Emeritus of Plant Biology at North Carolina State University. He has taught undergraduate and graduate level field botany courses for over thirty years, including Systematic Botany, Grasses, Sedges & Rushes, Wetland Flora, and Local Flora. Dr. Stucky’s research focused on rare plant species ecology and conservation.