Collecting localities



Biographical data


Burkill, Isaac Henry


(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: 1870, near Leeds, Yorkshire, England. Died: 1965, Leatherhead, Surrey, England.



Studied natural history at Cambridge; Assistant Curator at Cambridge from 1891-96; subsequently Technical Assistant at Kew; since 1901 collaborator of George Watt for the study of the economic products of India, in the employ of the Botanic Garden at Calcutta; Director of Gardens, Str. Settlements, 1912-25.

Author of many publications relating to the flora of the Malay Peninsula, of which several on useful plants.1

The genus Burkillia Ridl. was named after him.


Collecting localities:4

1913. Malay Peninsula: Penang, Malacca, Taiping Hills, Kuala Kangsar, Port Swettenham (June), Kuala Lumpur, Kubob Distr. (Aug.) in Johore, Lunas (Dec.).-1914. Kabob Distr. (Jan.), Bata Hampar (March 3), Lumut & Pangkalan Bahru (March).-1915. P. Tioman and P. Tinggi (June 21-24); slopes G. Tampin (Aug.).-1916. Slopes G. Tampin (July, Aug.), lpoh (Aug.), Batu Caves (Nov.).-1917. Penang (July 22), Ipoh, slopes G. Tampin (July, Nov.).-1918. South bank of the Muda River (Jan.), G. Tampin (Jan., May, Oct.).-1919. Near Kuala Lumpur (Febr.).-1920 (2nd half). Penang, Ipoh (Sept.), Kuala Lumpur, Sg. Siput (Sept.), Gemas-1921. Near Padang Sarai (Sept.).-1922. Port Swettenham and P. Penang (March 11-20, June 17-26); Fraser Hill etc. (Sept. 15-Oct. 11),2 Kuala Lumpur (Oct.), Penang, Prov. Wellesley and Port Swettenham; Kuala Lumpur and Penang (Dec. 5-13).-1923. W. Java: Tandjong Priok (May 14), Buitenzorg Botanic Gardens (15-16), Batavia (17, business), Buitenzorg (18); G. Gedeh, Tjibodas, Tjibeureum, etc. (19-25); Buitenzorg (25-27), Batavia and Tg Priok (28).-1924. Malay Peninsula: Taiping Hills;3 Kedah, Prov. Wellesley, Larut, in March; in April ditto; inland parts of Perak (May), Ipoh (June), Batu Gajah (June), at Grik and along the road to Kuala Kangsar (July); Pahang and Johore, etc. (Nov.-Dec.).



Herb. Sing. [SING]: e.g. an important collection from Taiping Hills, 520 nos. He numbered in the field in the series labelled ‘Singapore Field Number’ (S.F. nos), to which the whole Department and others contributed (cf. Burkill in Gard. Bull. Str. Settlem. 4, 1927, nos 4-5). In Herb. Kew [K]: dupl. from various localities in the Mal. Penins. (pres. betw. 1915-22); some dupl. in Herb. Bog. [BO], in Herb. Manila[PNH], Herb. Cambridge [A] (1917), U.S. Nat. Herb. Wash. [US] (66 from Mal. Penins. and Sing.).



(1) e.g. ‘Dictionary of the Economic products of the Malay Peninsula’ (1935); many taxonomic publications on the genus Dioscorea.

(2) I.H. Burkill & R. E. Holttum: ‘A botanical reconnaissance upon the main range of the Peninsula at Fraser Hill’ (Gard. Bull. Str. Settlem. 3, 1923, p. 19-110 and l.c. 4, 1927, p. 92-105).

(3) I.H. Burkill: ‘The flowering plants of Taiping, in the Malay Peninsula’ (l.c. 3, 1925, p. 303-458).

(4) Data extracted from the Ann. Reports of the Bot. Gard. Singapore, and from Burkill in Gard. Bull. Str. Settlem. 4, 1927, nos 4-5.


biographical data:

Who’s who 1913,1926; Backer, Verkl. Woordenb., 1936; Flore gén. de l’Indo-Chine prelim. vol. 1944, p. 36 + portr. pl. X; Gard. Bull. Sing. 17, 1960, p. 341-349, photogr., partial bibliogr.; ibid. p. 350-356; Nature 206, 1965, p. 871; Gard. Bull. Sing. 22, f967, p. 67-105, incl. bibliogr. and list of taxa (proposed, and named after him); Ass. Trop. Biol. Bull. no 7, 1966, p. 52.