Collecting localities



Biographical data


Bäuerlen, Wilhelm (sometimes erroneously cited as Bauerlen or Baeurlen)


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

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


Born: c. 1845.



Was a member of the Bonito Expedition sent to New Guinea by the Australian Geographical Society in 1885, under the command of Capt. H.E. Everill. Bäuerlen was the special Botanical Collector of the expedition, as such recommended by F. von Mueller, for whom he already collected previously; some other members were J.W. Haacke as chief scientist (zoology and geology), and S.A. Bernays (see those) as surgeon and botanist. Taken into consideration the number of members, the results of this trip have been very poor.

Bäuerlen has been commemorated in the plant species Ficus baeuerleni King, Aglaia baeuerleni C.DC., &c.


Collecting localities:

‘Bonito’ Expedition, 1885.1 S. New Guinea, Papua: sailing from Sydney (June 10); Thursday Island (25), collecting there and in neighbouring islands; July 13 sailing for the Fly River, reaching the mouth on the 18th; ascending the river till the junction with the Bonito (= Strickland) River and exploring the latter; the ship ran aground on Aug. 27, remaining there till the voyage home on Oct. 25; in the meantime attempts were made to penetrate into the interior, however, without success; journey by boat to Cecilia River (Sept. 16-22), continuing till the 27th, when climbing a mountain of c. 750 m alt. and returning the next day; the mouth of the Fly was left on Nov. 18th; Thursday Island (20); back at Sydney (Dec. 3).



Herb. Melbourne [MEL]; dupl. in Herb. Berl. [B] (e.g. 20 nos of mosses from the Fly River); some ferns in Herb. Bonaparte (= Paris [P]); 1 grass dupl. in U.S. Nat. Herb. Wash. [US].

Specimens are referred to by several authors.2



(1) On the preparations of the expedition cf. Transact. & Proc. Roy. Geogr. Soc. Australasia N.S.W. Br. III & IV, 1885/86, Sydney 1888, p. 105-164.

Capt. Everill’s report in l.c. p.170-187, w. map; cf. also Ausland 59, 1886, p. 592-593.

W. Baeuerlen: ‘The voyage of the Bonito’ (Sydney 1886).

(2) F. von Mueller, Descr. Not. Pap. Pl., vol. 2, parts 7, 8 and 9, 1886-90, p. 25-70; ditto in Vict. Naturalist 2, 1886, p. 134-135; Austr. Journ. Pharm. Febr. & June 1886. F. von Mueller in Wing’s South. Sci. Rec. N.S. 2, Jan. 1886.

A. Cogniaux in Bull. Acad. Roy. Belg. sér. 5, Vol. 14, 1887, p. 355.

Orchidaceae by Kränzlin in Oesterr. Bot. Zeitschr. Wien 44, 1894, p. 164, p. 253, and in l.c. 45, 1895, p. 180.

Mosses by A. Geheeb in Bibl. Bot. Heft 13, Cassel 1889, 13 pp., t. 1-8.


biographical data:

Backer, Verkl. Woor denb., 1936.