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Bayard H. Long


Bayard Long is recognized, in Newfoundland, almost entirely because of his botanical exploits while travelling with Merritt Lyndon Fernald in 1924, 1925, 1926 and 1929.

However, he was also a distinguished botanist in his own right, being a member of the staff of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia (the "ANSP") for many years. He also served as voluntary Associate Curator (1910-1913), and then Curator (1914-1969), of the Herbarium of the Philadelphia Botanical Club (which is now integrated with the main herbarium of the Academy).

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    Merritt Lyndon Fernald [L] and Long [R] Collecting at Burwell's Bay, James River, Virginia, April 1942.

While in Newfoundland with Merritt Lyndon Fernald in 1924, 1925 and 1926, Long independently collected 165 species and varieties of mosses, mostly from "limestone" areas. Now residing in the ANSP, these collections were studied by the distinguished botanist and bryologist Edwin B. Bartram (Bartram 1928) (who had been with Fernald on his 1911 trip to central and eastern Newfoundland).

In addition, Long also made the first serious collections of land and freshwater molluscs from the Island in 1924, 1925 and 1929, again mostly from "limestone" areas. Now also residing in the ANSP, these collections were studied by the distinguished malacologist E. G. Vanatta (Vanatta 1925, Vanatta 1927, Vanatta 1930).

[TRIVIA: Bayard Long's father was John Luther Long, who wrote the original short story "Madame Butterfly," which was later made into a play by David Belasco, and finally into the famous opera "Madama Butterfly" by Giacomo Puccini.]







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