Collecting localities



Biographical data


Day, John


(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: 1824, London, England. Died: 1888, Tottenham, London, England.



Owner of a nursery of ferns and orchids at Tottenham, who travelled in Br. India, Ceylon, Jamaica and the Malay Peninsula. He imported many exotic orchids in England, was a cooperator of Veitch’s ‘Manual of Orchidaceous Plants’ and owned a collection of 3000 coloured drawings of orchids, at present preserved at Kew.1

Some orchids and Gymnogramme dayi Bedd. were named after him.


Collecting localities:

188.. MalayPeninsula: Perak, e.g. on Mt Idjo, Maxwell’s and Birch’s Hill, Perak River; Penang.



From time to time he presented living plants to Hort. Kew. He collected dried ferns,2 a collection of which was presented to Herb. Kew [K] in 1907. According to Alston several topes with Herb. Levinge at National Museum, Dublin [DBN]. Ferns in Herb. Edinb. [E].



(1) cf. Kew Bull. 1906, p. 177-179.

(2) Col. R.H. Beddome: ‘Ferns collected in Perak and Penang by Mr. J. Day(Journ. Bot. 26, 1888, p. 1-6).


biographical data:

Gard. Chron. 1888, p. 88; .Kew Bull. 1906, p. 177-179; 3rd Suppl. Biogr. Index Britten & Boulger in Journ. Bot. 46, 1908, p. 4, and in 2nd ed. by Rendle, 1931; Backer, Verkl. Woordenb., 1936.