Collecting localities




Gesker, Herman van


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


Died: 1858.



Horticulturist, Student-Gardener in the University Botanic Garden at Amsterdam; probably about 1840 already a resident in W. Java ( ? Assistant on Pondok Gedeh Estate); in 1847 appointed Assistant Curator in the Botanic Garden at Buitenzorg, at least in 1848 stationed at Tjipanas; he was dismissed in 1849, as he was imprisoned on account of shooting an Indonesian.1 After his release in July 1854 he was assisted by Teijsmann in starting a floricultural garden at Batavia.


Collecting localities:

About 1840-49. W. Java: G. Salak, G. Gedeh-Pangrango, Pondok Gedeh, Megamendoeng, Tjibogo; Centr. Java: Tjilatjap, Noesa Kambangan (S of Java); E. Java: Soerabaja.



Herb. Leiden [L]; principally ferns, lycopods and lichens, but other plants too. Partly described by various authors.2

Living plants of his in Hort. Amsterdam.3



(1) cf. ‘'s Lands Plantentuin to Buitenzorg 18 Mei 1817-18 Mei 1892’ (Batavia 1892) p. 23-24.

(2) in Miquel: ‘Flora Ned. Indë’ and ‘Plantae Junghuhnianae’; van den Bosch: ‘Hymenophyllaceae’ 1861; J. Valckenier Suringar: ‘Het geslacht Cyperus’ 1898.

Selaginella by Alston in Bull. Jard. Bot. Buit. séer. 3, vol. 13, 1935, p. 436 and 440.

(3) W.H. de Vriese: ‘Plantarum javanicarum minus cognitarum vel novarum, nuper in hortum botanicum amstelodamensem introductarum’ (Tijdschr. Nat. Gesch. & Physiol. 11, 1844, p. 336-347).