Collecting localities



Biographical data


Bauer, Ferdinand Lucas


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

(Source: Flora Malesiana ser. 1, 5: Cyclopaedia of collectors, Supplement I)

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


Born: 1760, Feld(s)berg, Austria. Died: 1826, Hietzing near Vienna, Austria.



Dr Sibthorp made his acquaintance in Austria and engaged him as natural history painter in 1784, and during the voyages with the latter (e.g. to Greece) Bauer devoted himself to the study of botany. In 1801 he was appointed Natural History Draughtsman to the expedition of Flinders to Australia. After the breakdown of the ‘Investigator’, he and Dr R. Brown, the botanist of the expedition, stayed in Australia awaiting the return of Flinders. After his return in England (Oct. 1805) he set to work out his sketches made during the voyage. In the beginning of 1813 he made a start with the ‘Illustrationes Florae novae Hollandiae’, which was a failure and after this desillusion he returned to Austria in 1814, taking his collections with him.

The genus Bauera Banks was named after him.


Collecting localities:

Expedition to Terra Australis, 1801-05.1 Staying in Timor (Lesser Sunda Islands) Apr. 1-7, 1803. For detailed data cf. sub R. Brown.



Herb. Vienna  [W] (by sale);2 Herb. Berl. [B]: 78 nos of Timor plants; Herb. Hamburg [HBG]: Bauer (? identical) East Indian plants. Drawings of plants in Vienna [W]; and in Library Brit. Museum [BM].3

The plants collected during the stay of eight months in Norfolk Island were published by Endlicher in his ‘Flora Norfolkiana’.

On the whereabouts of his original drawings, see Cl. Nissen, ‘Die botanische Buchillustration’ 1951, vol. 2, p. 9.



(1) M. Flinders: ‘A voyage to terra Australis’ (London 1814, 2 vols w. app.); transl. into Dutch, without appendices.

(2) cf. Flora 101, 1827, p. 176; and l.c. 141, 1831, p. 398.

(3) J. Britten: ‘Ferdinand Bauer’s drawings of Australian plants’ (Journ. Bot. 47, 1909, p. 140-146); cf. also Bot. Centr. BI. 33, 1888, p. 251.


biographical data:

Proc. Linn. Soc. 1, 1839, p. 39-40; Hook. Lond. Journ. Bot. 2, 1843, p. 106-113; Pritzel, Thes. Lit. Bot., 1872; Baillon, Dict. de Botanique l, 1876; Biogr. Index Britten & Boulger in Journ. Bot. 26, 1888, p. 87-88, and in 2nd ed. by Rendle, 1931; Backer, Verkl. Woordenb., 1936.