Collecting localities



Biographical data


Lörzing, Julius August


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

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


Born: 1872, Häselrieth, Thüringen, Germany.

Died: June 7, 1945, in Japanese prisoner camp near Semarang, Java.



Came as a private soldier to the D.E.I. in 1896; in 1903 he set to work in the employ of the Forest Service; in 1915 he was instructed to lay out a botanical garden at Sibolangit in E. Sumatra (a branch of the Buitenzorg Garden).1 He retired in 1924, and subsequently got the supervision of the municipal parks at Medan, Sumatra East Coast.

Beside of the below-cited papers, he is the author of some others relating to forestry. Several Malaysian plants were named in his honour.


Collecting localities:

Centr. Java: G. Muria (= Moerjo) (190., possibly no collections made);2 Kedoe Residency (1911),3 also G. Dieng; G. Soembing (Nov. 6, 19 and 28, 1911), etc.; G. Soembing, G. Sindoro, and G. Tlerep (1912).-1914. E. Java: Kediri (Febr. 6-7), G. Wilis (E. slope and E. summit) (Febr. 8-18),4 Toeloengagoeng (19-20), Sripit to Prigi (21), Prigi and neighbourhood (S. coast) (Febr. 22-March 1), Watoelima and Toeloengagoeng (March 2); Centr. Java: Moentilan and Djokja (4); W. Java: limestone hills W of Padalarang (March 14), Tjileunji near Bandoeng (15), Batoedjadjar-Tjisandawoet (16), to Tjatjaban (17), G. Semboeng (18-22; visiting G. Tambakroejoeng on the 20th); Lebakmoentjang-Baroetoenggoel-Telaga Patengan on G. Patoeha (23); G. Patoeha (23-29),5 visiting Rantja Walini, Telaga Patengan, Rantjabali, Rantjasoemi, Kawa Patoeha, the summit (28); near Tea Estate Indragiri, on the Tjiparaj (river) and forest at the base of G. Kikoekoer (30); W. Patoeha (31); Tjibodas and slopes G. Gedeh (May 6-17, 19-24), climbing G. Gedeh-Pangrango (17-19).-Sumatra East Coast (since Sept. 13, 1914): environs of Medan, near Belawan, Rantau Pandjang, Serdang, Perbaoengan, Loeboekpakam, Gedong Djohore, Senembah, Soenggal, Oelarperbaoengan, Tandjong Morawa, Bandarbaroe, Tebingtinggi, P. Berhala (Nov. 1-2, 1919), Pantei Tjermin (1920) and principally at Sibolangit and neighbourhood; in the highlands (partly in Tapanoeli Res.), e.g. Karo Lands (Raja, Deleng Koetoe) (March 13-16, 1917), Brastagi (Aug. 1918); Karo Lands (Sibajak); Kabandjahe, Lingga, Asahan, E of Balige, Toba Lake (May 1919), Habinsaran, Prapat, Pangoeroeran, Piso-Piso; in 1920: Karo Lands, the Siboeatan, N. Sibajak, Bandjalinggi, Toba Lake, Habinsaran; in 1921: G. Sinaboeng (Jan. 19), G. Pinto (22), G. Sibajak (23), the Siosar, near Boeloetjina (NW. Deli); in 1922: western part of the Karo Lands and G. Singgalang (May 25-26), G. Sibajak (June 18); in 1923: G. Sibajak (Jan. 27), Upper Bila Plain (Apr.), SE. Toba Lake and course of the Upper Asahan (May); Petani Valley; in 1924: Kota Tjand (May 18-19), G. Seriboe (May 21-22); in 1925: Bila (Apr.).6



Herb. Bog. [BO]: Java (lists existing, nos 1-2453; 1501-1700 not used) and Sumatra plants. Of the latter collection a list exists of the nos 3001-11629, of which the nos 10200-10999 were left a blank; on the suggestion of the Head of the Buitenzorg Herbarium this Sumatra collection was numbered from 3000 upwards;7 dupl. in Herb. Leiden [L]; Herb. Utrecht [U]: Java nos (1914), and from Sumatra (1917-18); Herb. Univ. Amsterdam [AMD]: Sumatra dupl. with carbon-copied labels.

Sets of dried plants of his were offered for sale by Osw. Weigel; one of them was in Herb. Manila [PNH]: 220 (purch. 1930). He was the owner of a large private herbarium which in January 1942 was brought to the A.V.R.O.S. Experiment Station at Medan; Febr. 1950 it was transferred to Buitenzorg. It was accompanied by a manuscript (not wholly completed) on the flora of Sumatra and Java.

In 1919 he employed the native collector Galoengi (see there).

Living Sumatra plants in Hort. Bog. (pres. 1917).

A new Gentiana was described by Ridley.8



(1) J.A. Lörzing: ‘De afdeeling Sibolangit van ’s Lands Plantentuin (Oostkust van Sumatra)’ (Tectona 14, 1921, p. 693-711).

(2) J.A. Lörzing: ‘Ein Ausflug each dem Muria-gebirge’ (Urania 1909) (non vidi).

(3) J.A. Lörzing: ‘De grot van Goewa Lawa bij Ngalean’ (Trop. Nat. 3, 1914, p. 172-177).

(4) J.A. Lörzing: ‘Botanische verkenningen en tochten in het Willis-gebergte’ (Trop. Nat. 3, 1914, p. 97-102, 120-123).

(5) J.A. Lörzing ‘De Patoeha en zijn omgeving’ (Trop. Nat. 6, 1917, p. 81-86 and l.c. 10, 1921, p. 97-105, 134-141, fig. 1-15b).

(6) J.A. Lörzing several small papers in the ‘Sumatra’ 1924 and 1925.

(7) cf. Versl. Pl. Tuin Buitenzorg for 1918, p. 12.

(8) cf. Kew Bull. 1939, p. 30-31.


biographical data:

Backer, Verkl. Woordenb., 1936.