Collecting localities


Biographical data


Cantley, Nathaniel


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


Born: Thurso, N. coast of Scotland. Died: 1888, on a voyage to New Zealand, Tasmania.



A Kew Gardener since 1869; in 1873 appointed Asst Superintendent of the Botanic Garden in Mauritius; Superintendent of the Singapore Botanic Gardens, 1880-88, and of Forests, 1883-88. In December 1887 he went on sick-leave.

Several plants were named after him, also the genus Cantleya.


Collecting localities:

1880-88. Malay Peninsula: Johore (Febr. 1882), Perak (e.g. on G. Bubu, Jan. 1885, with Ch. Curtis), For. Reserve of Tasek Gelugor (Prov. Wellesley) (Nov. 1885), Singapore, Selangor, and Malacca.



Herb. Kew [K]: Mauritius, Malaya, 1878-86, 305 nos. In 1881 he was on short leave of absence (6 months) to England taking 2000 bot. specimens with him for identification at Kew; 500 were destroyed at the Cape of Good Hope.

According to Burkill (in Gard. Bull. Str. Settlem. 4, 1927, nos 4-5) the collection till 1881 in Kew [K], the collection after 1881 in Herb. Sing. [SING].

He made and caused to be made (cf. Cantleys collector = M.V. Alvins), very extensive collections; unfortunately they are inadequately labelled (often recording the State only), and even incorrectly in many instances.


biographical data:

Journ. Kew Guild, May 1898, p. 37; Biogr. Index Briten & Boulger in Journ. Bot. 36, 1898, p. 147 (death erroneously stated in 1887), and in 2nd ed. by Rendle, 1931; Gard. Bull. Str. Settlem. 2, 1918, p. 101-103; Backer, Verkl. Woordenb., 1936.