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Merritt Lyndon Fernald: "The Father of Newfoundland Botany"


The "limestone" regions of Newfoundand's west coast held a particular fascination for Merritt Lyndon Fernald, the legendary Harvard University botanist who remains the undisputed "Father of Newfoundland Botany".


A renowned botanist (see: Rollins, 1951), field biologist (see: Griscom, 1951), and teacher (see: Fogg, 1951), no one, before or since, has made such a profound contribution to the study of the vascular plants of our region.

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    Fernald [L] and Bayard Long [R] collecting at Burwell's Bay, James River, Virginia, April 1942.
    Fernald writing at his desk.

Fernald led seven collecting trips to Newfoundland and Southern Labrador between 1910 and 1929:

    1910: Bay of Islands and east to Birchy Lake, Cow Head, the "Labrador Straits" (Blanc Sablon area and Forteau), Ingornachoix Bay and Point Riche, Stephenville Crossing, Table Mountain (near Port au Port), and Bonne Bay. [Many "limestone" plant collections.]

    1911: Central Newfoundland, Notre Dame Bay, and the Avalon Peninsula. [Some "limestone" plant collections.]

    1914: A quick trip to Table Mountain (near Port au Port). [Many "limestone" plant collections.]

    1924: Port aux Basques, Flowers Cove/Sandy Cove area, St. Barbe, Brig Bay, Plum Point area, Port Saunders, St. John's, Trepassey, Bay Bulls, Whitbourne, Argentia, and points along the South Coast. [Many "limestone" plant collections (from the West Coast localities).]

    1925: Flowers Cove/Sandy Cove area, Big Brook, Cook's Harbour, Burnt Cape, Raleigh, Boat Harbour, Four-Mile Cove, Eddies Cove, Doctors Brook, Barr'd Harbour Hill, Doctors Hill, St. John Island, Quirpon, Noddy Bay, Cape Onion area, and Blanc Sablon. [Many "limestone" plant collections.]

    1926: An early Fall trip to Lark Harbour, North Arm Mountain, the islands in the mouth of the Bay of Islands, and the Burgeo area. [Only a few "limestone" plant collections.]

    1929: The Bay of Islands (including the "limestone" cliffs and screes of the Humber River Gorge, and Middle Arm), the Port au Choix area, Doctors Hill, and Bonne Bay. [Many "limestone" plant collections.]






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