Collecting localities



Biographical data


Cruttwell, Norman Edward Garry (not Crutwell!)


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

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


Born1916, Minehead, England.



Reverend, educated at Oxford University (M.A., with First Class Honours in Botany); from 1940-45 a curate at Basingstoke, England; came out to Papua in 1946, stationed at Dogura for 6 months; since 1947 transferred to Menapi, NE. Division.

In 1970 Reverend Canon; stationed at Agaun, Daga country since 1966.

Author of a paper on orchid collecting.1

He is interested in Rhododendrons also.1 

Poa cruttwellii Hubb. was named after him.2


Collecting localities:

Papua, NE. division: in Menapi Distr. and on Mt Simpson (in and about Oct. 1947).

He visited the Daga1 once or twice a year on foot; later at the Head Mission Station in the Daga at Agaun (3200 ft). He collected also at Tua (4500 ft), Kanasura (2500 ft), Bonendo, Birat (Milne Bay Distr.), and Mt Garatun (5000 ft).-? 1968. 2nd Visit to Mt Simpson (Matawan) with Paddy Woods (first time climbed from the N. side, this time from the W.).-1972. With R. Pullen, J.F. Veldkamp and P.F. Stevens on Mt Suckling in Papua.5



Herb. Kew [K]; a few small vouchers in private herbarium. In total about 100 nos, some from the coast, but mostly from Mt Simpson (Owen Stanley Range, 10.000 ft). The collector is compiling a set of drawings of Papuan plants, some of which are also at Kew. Dupl. in Herb. Edinb. [E] (1952-); partly collected with P.J.B. Woods, Galore, etc. On Kew labels sometimes N.E.G.C.4 [K]. He collected some 1500 nos in Menapi and Daga districts. Recent collections in Herb. Lae [LAE].



(1) Rev. N. Cruttwell: ‘Orchid hunting in New Guinea’ (J. R. Hort. Soc. 77, 1952, p. 254-260).

‘Rhododendron time in the Daga’ (The Rhododendron 6 (3), 1967, p. 7-9, 3 photogr.); ‘The Rhododendrons of the High Daga’ (The Rhododendron 8, 1969, p. 11-14); ‘A new Rhododendron’ (l.c. (2), p. 8-9, 1 fig.).

(2) C. E. Hubbard: ‘A new species of Poa from Papua’ (Kew Bull. 1949, p. 474).

(3) H. Smith: ‘Two new gentians from Eastern New Guinea’ (Kew Bull. 1957, p. 225-227, 2 fig.).

(4) Cf. Index Coll. Edinb. Herb. 1970, p. 72.

(5) N.E.G. Cruttwell: ‘The Ascent of South Suckling’ (The Rhododendron Dec. 1972, p. 7-13).