Collecting localities



Biographical data


Didrichsen, Didrick Ferdinand


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

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


Born: 1814, Copenhagen, Denmark. Died: 1887, Copenhagen, Denmark.



Physician who accompanied a Danish expedition under Capt. St.Bille as Surgeon-Botanist. The special aim of the expedition was the investigation of the Nicobars, to decide whether it was worthwhile to maintain the Danish claim on these islands. Surgeon in the army, 1849-54; Assistant at the Copenhagen Botanic Garden, 1856-75; Lecturer in Botany at the University from 1873, Professor from 1875; besides Director of the Botanic Garden from 1876-85.


Collecting localities:

Vovage in the ‘Galathea’, 1845-47.1 Cf. also sub Kamphøvener and Rink. Sailing from Copenhagen (June 24, 1845); Madeira; Coast of Coromandel (Tranquebar, Pondicherry and Madras), Calcutta; the Andamans; the Nicobars (extensive exploration); P. Penang (March 7-21, 1846); Singapore (March 29-Apr. 8); Java: Batavia (Apr. 22-May 11), part of the members (not Didrichsen) made a trip to Buitenzorg, Tjipanas, G. Gedé-Pangrango (with Teijsmann), and to Champia (= Tjampea), bird-caves; sailing along the Natoena Islands to Luconia (= Luzon); Manila (June 3-9); Macao, Honkong, Canton; Amoy etc. on the coast of N. China; Japan; Sandwich Islands, Oahu; Society Islands, Tahiti, etc.; W. Coast of S. America: Valparaiso, Cobija, Callao, Lima; round Cape Horn; Plata River, Montevideo and Buenos Ayres; coast of Brazil, Rio de Janeiro and Bahia; home voyage via the Scilly Islands, and through the Canal; back at Copenhagen (Aug. 31, 1847).



Herb. Copenh. [C], Kiel [KIEL] and Berl. [B]; U.S. Nat. Herb. Wash. [US]: 87 dupl. ‘Galathea’ Expedition; some in Leiden [L].

According to the journal of the expedition: the nos 3418-3659, 3742-3744 from P. Penang; nos 4400-4438 from Singapore; nos 3001-3134 in W. Java (Buitenzorg); nos 3318-3417, 3907-3946 from neighbourhood of Batavia (W. Java); and nos 3155-3199 from the Pasig River in Luzon.

Plants from the ‘Galathea’ Expedition were identified by Dr E.D. Merrill in 1948.



(1) St.A. Bills: ‘Beretning om Corvetten Galathea’s Reise omkring Jorden, 1845-47’ (Kjøbenhavn, 1849-51, 3 vols) (transl. into German: Kopenhagen, Leipzig, 1852, 2 vols).


biographical data:

Ann. Bot. 1, 1887/88, p. 399, w. bibliogr.; Bot. Notiser 23, 1887, p. 110; Bot. Tidsskr. 12, 1887, p. 190-191, w. bibliogr.; l.c. 17, 1890, p. 103 (bibliogr.); Martius, Flora Bras., vol. 1 pars 1 in ‘Vitae itiner. collect. etc.’ p. 15-16; Christensen, Den Danske botanisks historie, l, 1924-26, p. 293-295, 561-565; portr. in Christensen, Den Danske botaniske literatur 1880-1911, 1913, p. 8.