Collecting localities



Biographical data


Copeland, Edwin Bingham


(Source: Flora Malesiana ser. 1, 1: Cyclopaedia of collectors)

(Source: Flora Malesiana ser. 1, 8: Cyclopaedia of collectors, Supplement II)


Born: 1873, Monroe, Wisc., U.S.A. Died: 1964, Chico, Cal., U.S.A.



A well-known pteridologist who got his education at Stanford University and in Germany, taking his Ph.Dr’s degree at Halle in 1896; appointed in the Philippines late 1903; Professor and Dean, Los Baños, P.I., 1909-17; Professor University of California, 1928-32; Technical Adviser, Dept of Agriculture and Nat. Resources, Manila, and Director of the Nation. Economic Garden, Los Baños, 1932-35. Author of many papers on pteridophytes and useful plants, mainly in Philip. Journ. Sci. Bot. since 1907, besides in Elmer, Leafl. Philip. Botany; etc.

He wrote a ‘Fern Flora of the Philippines’ in 3 volumes (1958-60).

He is commemorated in Capparis copelandii Elmer, Cyrtandra copelandii Merr., and in several other plant species.


Collecting localities:

Philippines. c. 1903-04. Islands of Calignan, Bayas, Panay, and Negros; Luzon: Bataan.-1904. Negros and Panay (Jan.); Mindanao: Davao (March), Cotabato and Zamboanga, Mt Apo at Todaya (Apr. and Oct.). -19. . . Luzon: Lamao Forest Reserve; Mt Maquiling.-1909. Luzon: Mt Pulog (May 11-13).1-Probably in many other localities.-W. Java (May 1915):2 G. Gedeh-Pangrango etc.



Herb. Manila [PNH]; mostly ferns and Fungi, e.g. 1360 nos (coll. 1903-04); from Lamao For. Reserve 200 nos.3 Dupl. in Herb. Berl. [B]: 589 Pterid. Philip. (acq. 1906-09); Herb. Sing. [SING]: 100 Philip. plants (acq. 1907); Herb. Bog. [BO]: 98 nos from P.I. (princ. Luzon) and some from Java (acq. 1930);2 Herb. Leiden [L]: P.I. plants; Herb. Brit. Mus. [BM]: 150 Philip. ferns (by exch. in 1906); Herb. Kew [K]: from Mindanao (pres. 1905); Herb. Sydney [NSW] (exch. in 1908); Gray Herb. [GH]: 90 Philip. ferns; N.Y. Bot. Gard. [NY]: 162 Philip. ferns; U.S. Nat. Herb. Wash. [US]: 500 dupl. P.I.; Herb. O. Ames [GH]: Philip. orchids. Aprivate fern herbarium too, including more than 500 holotypes. In Herb. Berkeley (Cal.) [UC]: New Guinea ferns; probably collected by somebody else and inserted in Herb. Copeland.



(1) cf. E.D. Merrill: ‘The flora of Mt. Pulog’ (Philip. Journ. Sci. C. Bot. 5, 1910, p. 287-401).

(2) cf. E.B. Copeland in Philip. Journ. Sci. 46, 1931, p. 219-220.

(3) cf. Philip. Journ.Sci.C. Bot. 1, 1906, Suppl. p. 3.


biographical data:

Amer. Men of Sc;. ed. 2, 3, and 4; Philip. Agr. & Forester 6, 1917, p. 1-5 + portr.; Nat. Res. Counc. P.I. Bull. no 7, 1935, p. 642-646 incl. bibliogr.; in Copeland, Genera Filicum, 1947 (Ann. Crypt. et Phytopath. vol. 5); Am. Fern J. 54, 1964, p. 177-188, portr., partial bibliogr.