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Paul Fantz

Professor Emeritus


Plants studied are cultivated ornamentals with identification and nomenclatural problems. Research objectives include an inventory of cultivated taxa with their biology, improved quantitative descriptions, ordering of the nomenclature, qualitative observations and notes, and providing keys and other aids to identification.

Current research on new germplasm documentation, liriopogons, and international collaboration in providing revisionary and floristic treatments of resupinate papilionaceous legumes (Barbieria, Centrosema, Clitoria) and vouchering of cultivated ornamental plants for deposit in NCsU Herbarium and the National Arboretum Herbarium, Washington, DC.

Former Professional Responsibilities

  • North Carolina State University Herbarium (NCSC)
    • Faculty Staff Member
    • Member Herbarium Advisory Committee
    • Representative Triangle Virtual Herbarium Committee
  • JC Raulston Arboretum
    • Vouchering JC Raulston Arboretum plant collection for herbaria
    • Assist in release of new germplasm
  • Iota Lambda Chapter, Alpha Phi Omega National Service Fraternity
    • Faculty Advisor
  • American Society for Horticultural Science (ASHS)
    • Resident Taxonomist-Plant Nomenclature (1998-present)
      • Resource for editorial staff and authors
      • Answer inquiries on nomenclatural rules and usage in ASHS journals
      • Answer inquiries on correct scientific plant names

Responsibilities Prior to retirement

  • Teaching Program
    • HS 211 Ornamental Plants I
    • HS 212 Ornamental Plants II
    • HS 704 Plant Nomenclature
    • Individual Supervision
    • HS 492 External Learning Experience
    • HS 493 Special Problems in Horticultural Science
    • HS 590 Special Problems in Horticultural Science
    • HS 685 Master’s Supervised Teaching
    • Advising students in THG and HS curricula
    • Assistant to Undergraduate Co-ordinator
    • Elected Advisor to Horticulture Club (Served 12 years)
    • 1980-2008 Faculty Advisor, Iota Lambda Chapter, Alpha Phi Omega, national service fraternity
  • Extension Program
    • North Carolina Association of Nurserymen (NCAN)
    • Write botanical description of new germplasm
    • Preparation and editing of journal article releases
    • Preparation of documentation for plant patents
    • Assistance on international registration of germplasm
    • North Carolina State Congress of FFA
    • Organize and judge annual Floriculture and Nursery Plant Identification Exam
    • North Carolina State 4H Congress
    • Assist ornamental portion of plant identification competition
    • Co-ordinate competition data & report winners
    • State of North Carolina
    • Plant identification for citizens, faculty, county agents, nurserymen, landscapers.
  • North American Colleges & Teachers of Agriculture (NCACTA)
    • 1999-2008 Member Executive Board
    • 1999-2008 Chairman Journal Award Committee
    • 1991-1999 Journal Award Committee
    • 1992-1994 State of North Carolina Coordinator
  • American Society for Horticultural Science (ASHS)
    • 1996-2009 Associate/Consulting Editor HortScience
    • Breeding, cultivars, Rootstocks & Germplasm Resources-Ornamentals
    • 1998-present Resident Taxonomist
  • International Legume Database Information Service (ILDIS)
    • Co-ordinator Leguminosae (Fabaceae) subtribe Clitoriinae

Recent Publications

  • Fantz, Paul R. 2009. Species and names of Ophiopogon cultivated in the Southeastern United States. HortTechnology 19(2):385-394.
  • Fantz, Paul R. 2009. History of Plant Taxonomy. p. 32-38. In Acquuah, George. Horticulture: Principles and Practices. 4th ed., Prentice Hall, Upper Saddle River, NJ.
  • Fantz, Paul R. 2008. Species of Lirope cultivated in the eastern United States., HortTechnology 18(#):343-348. []
  • Fantz, Paul R. 2008. Macrophytography of cultivated liriopogons and genera delineation. Hort Technology 18(3): 334-342. []
  • Duno de Stefano, R., P.R.Fantz, g.c. Fernandez-Concha and L.L. Can. 2008. Centrosema and Clitoria (Leguminosae: Papilionoideae: Phaseoleae: Clitoriinae) in the Mexican Yucatan Peninsula, including three lectotypifications. Vulpia 7:1-15.
  • Fantz, Paul R. Jessie Turner, Laura Wright, & Alice Russell. 2008. Certified Plant Professional Study Guide. NOrth Carolina Nursery & Landscape Association [CD disc includes about 350 plants, 1000 photos]
  • Ranney, T.G,., N.P. Lynch, P.R. Fantz & P.Capeillo. 2007. Clarifying taxonomy and nomenclature of Fothergilla (Hammamelidaceae) cultuvars and hybrids. HortScience 4292):470-473. (cover photo)
  • Ranney, Thomas G. and Paul R. Fantz. 2006. X Gordlinia grandiflora (Theaceae): An intergeneric hybrid between Franklinia alathamatha and Gordonia lasianthus. HorScience 41(6):1386-1388.
  • Krings, Alexander and Paul R. Fantz. 2006. Notes on types in Apocynaceae-Asclepiadoideae in Cuban herbaria and four leptotypifications in West Indian Gonolobinae. Sida 22(1):533-537.
  • Fantz, Paul R. 2005. Distribution of Clitoria L. (Leguminosae: Phaseoleae: Clitoriinae) in the Flora Mesoamericana area. Vulpia 4:42-51.
  • Fantz, Paul R. and Paul Woody. 2005. “Ace of Hearts” and “Little Woody” redbuds. HortScience 40(7):2209-2210.