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Merritt, Melvin Leroy


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

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


Born: 1879, West Union, Iowa, U.S.A.



B.S.A. and M.S.A. from Iowa State College, Ames, Iowa; Instructor in Horticulture, Iowa State College, 1903-04; Forest Officer of the Bureau of Forestry, Manila, P.I., 1905-09;1 in the U.S. Forest Service, 1910-43; retired in 1943. At present Field Representative, Logging Underwriting & Inspection Association, Portland, Oregon.

Some Philippine plants were named after him.


Collecting localities:

Philippines. Mindoro: Mt Halcon (June 1906), upwards to 7250 ft, not reaching the Summit;2 Luzon: Mt Pulog (Jan. 2-8, 1909).3



Herb. Manila [PNH]: large collections, numbered in the F(or). B(ur). (see there) series, partly collected with Darling, and Curran; dupl. in U.S. Nat. Herb. Wash. [US]: 162 P.I. plants coll. with Curran. Philippine dupl., coll. with H.M. Curran, in Herb. Edinb. [E].

Plants of his described by Merrill.2-3



(1) Author of ‘The forests of Mindoro’ (Philip. Bur. For. Bull. 8, 1908, p. 1-51).

(2) cf. Philip. Journ. Sci. sect. A, 2, 1907, p. 186-187. Plants in (l.c. C. Bot. 2, 1907, p. 251-309, and 311-337.

(3) E.D. Merrill & M.L. Merritt: ‘The flora of Mt Pulog’ (l.c. C. Bot. 5, 1910, p. 287-401, pl. 1-4, map).


biographical data:

Backer, Verkl. Woordenb., 1936; Amer. Men of Sci. 1938.


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