Billie Lee Turner (botanist)

Billie Lee Turner (February 22, 1925 in Yoakum, Texas – May 27, 2020 in Round Rock, Texas)[1] was an American botanist and the father of a geographer Billie Lee Turner II. He was a professor of botany at the University of Texas at Austin where he also directed the botany research programme and herbarium.


His main interest was spermatophyte plants.[2] He worked extensively on the flora of Mexico. He focused on the composites and legumes. Plants named in his honor include Lophospermum turneri.[3] His last research article was in 2010.[4]



  1. ^ Bill Lee Turner
  2. ^ International Plant Names Index: Billie Lee Turner (1925)
  3. ^ Elisens, Wayne J. (1985), "Monograph of the Maurandyinae (Scrophulariaceae-Antirrhineae)", Systematic Botany Monographs, 5: 1–97, doi:10.2307/25027602, JSTOR 25027602
  4. ^ Mark W. Bierner and Billie L. Turner. 2010. Transfer of HYMENOXYS ARGENTEA var.THOREAUENSIS to TETRANEURIS (ASTERACEAE:HELENIEAE:TETRANEURIDINAE). Lundella 13:1–2.
  5. ^ IPNI.  B.L.Turner.