Collecting localities



Biographical data


Kloss, Cecil Boden


(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: 1877, Warwickshire, England. Died: Aug. 19, 1949.



Zoologist who made expeditions to the Anambas Islands,1 to the Andamans and Nicobars, etc., and subsequently in 1903 and 1907 was employed in the Botanical Gardens, Singapore. Later Sub-Director of the Museum at Kuala Lumpur, and in 1923 appointed Director of the Raffles Museum at Singapore; when pensioned off in 1931, he settled in London, continuing H.C. Robinson’s work on birds. Author of many zoological papers.

Several plants were named after him.


Collecting localities:

1902. Pagi (= Pagar) Islands, W of Sumatra, with Dr W.L. Abbott (see there).2-Riouw Archipelago: Batam Isl. (Sept. 15-23, 1905; March 18-Apr. 3, 1906)3 and Bintang Isl. (=? P. Bintan) (c. 1907). -Malay Peninsula. 1908. With Ridley (see there) and H.C. Robinson to Telom and Batang Padang valleys (Nov.).4-1909. Expedition to Temengor in Upper Perak with Ridley (see there) and H.C. Robinson (July)5.-191I. With Ridley (see there) and H.C. Robinson on G. Tahan (July).6-1912. Mt Menuang Gasing, Selangor (Febr.), and Ulu Langat.7-Wollaston expedition, 1912-13;8 cf. also sub Wollaston. Sailing from Ambon (Sept. 12, 1912) to Dutch S. New Guinea: mouth of the O(e)takwa (l8), ascending the same, part of the way; bivouac on the Setekwa;9 starting the march (Jan. 17, 1913) to the Carstensz Peaks; at the base of the summit (Jan. 30), the summit proper being blocked up by steep rocks and a wall of ice;10 returning (Febr. 2) to Setekwa bivouac (staying March 12-Apr. 1);11 leaving the O(e)takwa (Apr. 3).-1914. Korinchi expedition12 with H.C. Robinson. Singapore (Febr. 11-14), Batavia (16-19); Sumatra West Coast: Padang (24-26); Painan (26), Balang Kapas (27), Indrapura and Tapan (28); Sungai Penoh (March 7-13); Siolak Daras (14-29); Sungai Kumbang (March 29-Apr. 23); Sungai Kring to Korinchi (= Kerintji) Peak and surroundings (Apr. 24-May 10); Sungai Kring (May 10-17); Siolak Daras (17); Sungai Penoh and Sandaran Agong (May 8-June 9); Panchoran Gading (June 12); Muara Sako (13); Tapan (14-15); Pasir Ganting (17-23); Emmahaven (24).-Malay Peninsula. 1914. About Rawang; Rantau Panjang (July 28).-1915. At Gurun and on Kedah Peak with H.C. Robinson (Nov.-Dec.).13-1916. P. Rembia and the Sembilan Islands (May); P. Tioman (June).-1917. G. Bintang in N. Perak (June); pass of Ginting Bidai and Ulu Langat (c. Oct.).-1918. Hill of Changkat Mentri (Sept.).-1921. Klang Gates (Jan.).14-19 ... G. Muntahak.15-1923. In this year he presented a collection of plants from Christmas Isl. (Ind. Ocean) and the Cocos Isls to Herb. Sing. (probably made by Dyak collectors (cf. Raffles Mus. Bull. 18, 1947)).-1924. Mentawai Islands, W of Sumatra (Sept.-Oct.): near the Government Stations at Siberut in P. Siberut and at Sioban in P. Sipora.-1927. Br. N. Borneo (July-Sept.): near Sandakan; Samawang River, Bettotan; Banguey (Aug. 31-Sept. 8); Mallewalli Isls (Sept. 8-9); Balambangan Isl. (9-14).-1928. Br. N. Borneo: Mt Kinabalu (June).16



Herb. Sing. [SING], including the nos 18651-19298 from Br. N. Borneo; Herb. Kew [K]: plants from the Malay Peninsula (pres. 1915-19), dupl. New Guinea plants (pres. 1914) and dupl. Mal. Penins.; Herb. Brit. Mus. [BM]: 1714 phan. + 189 vast. cryptog. + 1 hepatic from New Guinea (pres. 1914). Other duplicates in Herb. Bog. [BO]: ± 400 Mentawai plants, 655 ferns from Sumatra and also plants from Borneo; in Herb. Manila [PNH]; Herb. Berkeley (Cal.) [UC]: from Borneo (c. 600); U.S. Nat. Herb. Wash. [US]: 95 Sumatra dupl. (with Robinson) and 23 Mal. Penins. (ditto).

The results of the expeditions to New Guinea,17 Sumatra,18 and Mentawa Islands19 were published.



(1) cf. Journ. Str. Br. Roy. As. Soc. no 41, 1904, p. 53-80.

(2) cf. Spolia Mentawiensia in Kew Bull. 1926, p. 56.

(3) cf. Journ. Str. Br. Roy. As. Soc. no 50, 1908, p. 61-71.

(4) cf. Journ. Fed. Mal. Stat. Mus. 4,1909, p.1-98.

(5) cf. Journ. Str. Br. Roy. As. Soc. no 57, 1910, p. 5-122.

(6) cf. Journ. Fed. Mal. Star. Mus. 6, 1915, p. 127-202 (the year stated erroneously as 1912).

(7) H.N. Ridley & C.B. Kloss: ‘An expedition to Mt. Menuang Gasing, Selangor’ (Journ. Fed. Mal. Stat. Mus. 6, 1915, p. 1-21); cf. also Journ. Linn. Soc. Bot. 41, 1913, p. 285.

(8) A.Fr.R. Wollaston: ‘Account of the 2nd expedition’ (Geogr. Journ. Lond. 43, 1914, p. 248-273 + map; incl. chapt. on botany).

cf. Tijdschr. K.N.A.G. 1914, p. 388-394, 2 fig.; cf. also Itinerary by C.B. Kloss in Transact. Linn. Soc. Lond. 2nd ser. 9, 1916, p. 2-9.

(9) cf. Tijdschr. K.N.A.G. 1913, p. 355.

(10) cf. l.c. p. 539-542 and ‘Versl. Milit. Expl. Ned. N.G. 1907-15’ (Weltevreden 1920) p. 30.

(11) cf. Tijdschr. K.N.A.G. 1913, p. 671.

(12) H.M. Pendlebury: ‘Preface and itinerary of an expedition to Korinchi Peak, Sumatra, carried out in 1914 by H.C. Robinson and C.Boden Kloss (Journ. Fed. Mal. Stat. Mus. 8, pt 1, 1936, p. 1-31, 1 map and pl. 1-15), cf. also sub 18.

(13) H.C. Robinson & C.Boden Kloss: ‘The natural history of Kedah Peak’ (Journ. Fed. Mal. Stat. Mus. 6, 1915/16, p. 219-244; mainly zoological).

H.N. Ridley: ‘The natural history of Kedah Peak.’ Botany (l.c. 7, 1916, p. 37-58).

(14) cf. Ridley in Journ. Fed. Mal. Stat. Mus. 10, 1922, p. 247-251.

(15) Several data on the Malay Peninsula derived from BURKILL in Gard. Bull. Str. Settlem. 4, 1927, nos 4-5.

(16) cf. Journ. Fed. Mal. Stat. Mus. 16, 1931, p. 286 + map.

(17) H.N. Ridley: ‘Report on the Botany of the Wollaston Expedition to Dutch New-Guinea’ (Transact. Linn. Soc. Bot. 2nd ser. vol. 9, 1916, p. 1-264, pl. 1-6; incl. itinerary by C.B. Kloss); cf. also Hook. Icon. Plant. 1916, t. 3051-2, 3054-5, 3059-60, 3062, 3067.

H.N. Dixon: ‘The mosses of the Wollaston Expedition to Dutch New Guinea 1912-13 with some additional mosses from Brit. New Guinea’ (Journ. Linn. Soc. Bot. 45, 1922, p. 477-510, pl. 28-29).

(18) ‘Results of an expedition to Korinchi Peak, Sumatra.’ Botany by H.N. Ridley and others (Journ. Fed. Mal. Stat. Mus. 8, pt 4, 1917, p. 1-145, pl. 1-4); for the zoological results cf. l.c. pt 2-3.

(19) H.N. Ridley: ‘The flora of the Mentawi Islands’ (Kew Bull. 1926, p. 57-94).

R.E. Holttum: ‘Spolia Mentawiensia. Pteridophyta’ (Journ. Mal. Br. Roy. As. Soc. 6, 1928, p. 14-23).


biographical data:

Backer, Verkl. Woordenb., 1936; Bull. Raffl. Mus. Sing. no 23, 1950, p. 336-346, with bibliogr.