Robert L. Wilbur

Professor Emeritus of Biology

258 Bio Sci Bldg, Durham, NC 27708
Campus Box: 
Box 90338, Durham, NC 27708-0338
(919) 660-7317
I have concentrated my research efforts in the floras of the southeastern United States and Central America. In Costa Rica I have been involved in a floristic study of the plants in the rain forest at the Organization for Tropical Studies Research Station at La Selva. Taxa of particular interest are the tropical Campanulaceae and the Central American species of the Ericaceae and Gentianaceae.


  • Ph.D., University of Michigan, Ann Arbor 1952

  • M.A., Duke University 1947

  • B.S., Duke University 1946

Wilbur, R. L., and S. Bloodworth. “Notes on the box huckleberry, Gaylussacia brachycera (Ericaceae), and its unexpected presence in North Carolina.” Rhodora 106, no. 928 (September 1, 2004): 371–77.

Wilbur, R. L. “What is the correct name for the Bristly Greenbrier?Rhodora 105, no. 923 (June 1, 2003): 250–59.

Wilbur, R. L. “The identity and history of Myrica caroliniensis (Myricaceae).” Rhodora 104, no. 917 (December 1, 2002): 31–41.

Wilbur, R. L. “Thomas Walter's oaks from the coastal region of South Carolina.” Rhodora 104, no. 918 (March 1, 2002): 134–50.

Wilbur, R. L. “Five new combinations in the genus Morella (Myricaceae) for neotropical species.” Rhodora 103, no. 913 (December 1, 2001): 120–22.

Selected Grants

The Vascular Flora of La Selva awarded by National Science Foundation (Principal Investigator). 1992 to 1995

A Biosystematic Investigation of the Genus Cornus in the Americas awarded by National Science Foundation (Principal Investigator). 1989 to 1991