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Elias (Magnus) Fries


Botanist, born in Femsjö, SW Sweden. He studied at the University of Lund, then became professor at Uppsala, and keeper of the botanic garden there. He wrote on fungi, lichens, and the flora of Scandinavia, and introduced a classificatory system for fungi which, apart from a few minor exceptions, is still valid. The genus Freesia is named after him.

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