Merritt Lyndon Fernald

Fernald, Merritt Lyndon (fûrˈnəld) [key], 1873–1950, American botanist, b. Orono, Maine, grad. Harvard, 1897. He taught at Harvard (1902–49) and was director of the Gray Herbarium there from 1937. Fernald was the editor (with Benjamin L. Robinson) of the seventh edition (1908) of Asa Gray's manual of botany and of Rhodora, the journal of the New England Botanical Club. Besides numerous botanical papers and monographs, he wrote (with A. C. Kinsey) Edible Wild Plants of Eastern North America (1943).

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