Collecting localities



Biographical data


Burn-Murdoch, Alfred M.


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


Born: 1868, Scotland. Died: March 6, 1914, Klang, Selangor, Malay Peninsula.



Was appointed in the Ind. For. Dept in 1891 and stationed in Burma; in 1901 to the Fed. Malay States on deputation; Chief Forest Officer, afterwards Conservator of Forests (1904) in the Fed. Mal. States and Str. Settlements, 1901-14. Author of ‘Trees and timbers in the Malay Peninsula’ (1911-12).

Alpinia murdochii was named after him.


Collecting localities:1

1903. Malay Peninsula: Singapore (Jan., Apr.); Penang and Prov. Wellesley (June); Dindings (Aug. 6-11); Malacca (Aug. 23-24); Singapore (Aug. 26), Bt Timah (Sept.); Malacca (Oct.); Penang (Nov.).-1904. Dindings (Jan., Febr. 1-2, March 16-18); Semangko Pass (Febr.); Singapore (Apr. 17-20 and in May); Malacca (June 4-5); Penang (June 16-17, July 14-19); Malacca (Aug. 6-8, Dec. 11-13); Rantau Panjang in Selangor (Aug.).-1906. Singapore, visiting all the more important forest reserves; Alor Gajah Distr. in Malacca; Bt Bruang Reserve; Penang (on 2 occasions).-1908. Singapore (Bt Timah, Sembawang, Kranji and Mandi Reserve); Penang and Prov. Wellesley (Tasek Glugor Reserve); Dindings (Lumut, Telok Muroh, Pangkor, Tanjong Burong Reserve); Malacca (Bt Bruang, Sg. Udang, Nyalas, Bt Pancher).-1909. Singapore (Bt Timah and Pandan reserves); Penang and Prov. Wellesley (Telok Bahang, Govt Hill and Penara Bt Reserve); Dindings (Lumut, Tanjong Burong, Telok Sera, Telok Muroh, Tanjong Hantu, Telok Semangin); Malacca (Ayer Kroh and Ayer Panas Reserve); Perak (mangrove islands and mainland mangrove reserves); Selangor (Rantau Panjang, Kuang, Kanching, Sg. Baloh, Sg. Lalang, Ulu Gombak, Bangi, Bt Tunggu, Ayer Itam); Negri Sembilan (Senaling, Senawang, G. Tampin, Serting, Triang); Pahang (Bilut, Rotan Tunggal, Mangsok, Baloh, Bt Goh).-1910. Singapore (Sembawang and Bt Timah reserves); Penang (Govt Hill and Telok Bahang reserves); Prov. Wellesley (Bt Gua Ipoh and Bt Langkap Reserve); Dindings (Pangkor Isl., Tanjong Hantu and Lumut Reserve); Malacca (Bt Bruang and Bt Sebukor Reserve); G. Ulu Kali.-1912. Singapore (Mandi and Bt Timah); Penang (Govt Hill and Telok Bahang); Dindings (G. Melintang, Tanjong Hantu and P. Pangkor); Malacca (Bt Bruang and Bt Sebukor); Perak (Trollah, Pondok Tanjong, several mangrove reserves, Behrang, Larut Hills, Bikum, Plus and Chior Reserve); Selangor (around Kuala Lumpur, Sg. Baloh, Ulu Gombak, Bangi, Bt Tunggal, Kanching, Serendah, Bt Cheraka, Sg. Lalang); Negri Sembilan (Senawang, Pasir Panjang, Senaling Inas, Pasoh, Serting, Triang); Pahang (G. Lesong, Perak, Riyam, Rotan Tunggal, Bilut, Kuala Tembeling Plantation).-1913. Along the Pahang River2 from Temerloh down the river to its mouth (June), and again northwards, it was carried up to the coast to Balok: e.g. G. Chini, Kuala Bera, Lubok Paku, Bintang, Bt Gapis, Bt Galing, Tanjong Api, Bt Ubi, Tanjong Tembeling.



Herb. Kuala Lump. [KEP]: forest trees.

In 1913 he contributed to the Singapore Field Number series on his tour of inspection down the Pahang River (accompanied by a collector from the Botanic Gardens, Singapore).2 This collection, in Herb. Kuala Lump. [KEP] too, is numbered 151-350. In Herb. Sing. [SING]: other collections (pres. 1906). In Herb. Kew[K]: plants from around Kuala Lumpur in 1912. The herbarium of the Plus & Chior Reserve is, according to Burkill (in Gard. Bull. Str. Settlem. 4, 1927, p. 157), mislabelled Selangor.



(1) He made many tours of inspection throughout the Peninsula, mentioned in the Reports of the For. Dept.

(2) I.H. Burkill: ‘Fragments of Malayan geographic botany no 1. Enumeration of Pahang plants collected by the late A.M. Burn-Murdoch’ (Gard. Bull. Str. Settlem. 1, 1915, p. 310-318).


biographical data:

Indian Forester 40, 1914, p. 155-156; Burkill in Gard. Bull. Str. Settlem. 4, 1927, nos 4-5; in Biogr. Index Britten & Boulder, 2nd ed. by Rendle, 1931.