Collecting localities




Batten Pooll, Arthur Hugh


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

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


Born: 1891, Rutland Lodge, Knightsbridge, London, England. Died: 1971 or early 1972, England.



Was educated at Eton and Balliol College, Oxford, where he studied agriculture after having been in active service during World War I and subsequently in 1919 against the Bolsheviks. After having obtained his Diploma in Rural Economics, he studied at the School of Botany.

Traveller1 in Dalmatia (1932), the Pacific Islands (Tahiti, Marquesas etc., 1934), New Zealand (1934/35), S. America (1935), Persia (1936), Morocco (1934, 1939), Bulgaria (1938), in the Malaysian region (1939/40, see below) and in Nigeria (1946/47).

He is commemorated in Lucuma batten-poollii Benoist.


Collecting localities:

1939. N. Sumatra: the plains, Brastagi Plateau, Telok Da (Sept. 30); islands W of Sumatra: Nias, Moussala (= P. Moesala) and the Mentawei Islands.-Malay Peninsula (Nov. 1939-Jan. 1940): Cameron Highlands around the Green Cow Tavern; Langkawi Islands, Pahang, Malacca-1940. SE. New Guinea: around Port Moresby and on the mainland opposite Yule Island.



Herb. Sing. [SING]: about 450 specimens from Sumatra and Malaya; dupl. at Buitenzorg [BO] (68), and Kew [K]. Herb. Sydney [NSW]: New Guinea plants. Other collections to Kew [K], Paris [P], etc.

The specimens are carefully labelled, but the material is scrappy.

His notes were bombed at Liverpool.



(1) Author of ‘Some globe trottings with a rod’ (Spottiswoodes, Eton College, Windsor).