Biographical data


Low, Stuart Henry


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

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


Born: 1826, Clapton, London, England. Died: 1890, Clapton.



2nd son of Hugh Low (1793-1863), Nurseryman of Clapton Nursery, was privately educated; joined the merchant navy. Returned to Clapton in 1845, assisting his father and taking over the Nursery on his death in 1863. 

Brother of Hugh Low (see there), with whom he had a meeting at Singapore in December 1844.1 Early in the sixties of the 19th century he became associated with the firm of Hugh Low & Co.2

He is cited as the collector of Dendrobium microglaphys Rchb.f. from Borneo in 1865.3 He grew many plants sent home from Borneo by brother Hugh. The Dendrobium microglaphys Rchb. f. cited from Borneo (Stuart Low 1865), mentioned in the Cyclopaedia, was certainly grown at Clapton and not collected by himself.



(1) cf. R.E. Arnold in Orch. Review 40, 1932, p. 165.

(2) cf. Backer, Verkl. Woordenb., 1936, p. 338 sub lowei.

(3) cf. J.J. Smith in Bull. Jard. Bot. Buit. sÚr. 3, vol. 9, 1928, p. 487.


biographical data:

C.F. Cowan in litt. Feb. 12, 1968.