Collecting localities



Biographical data


Matthew, Charles Geekie


(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: 1862, Newmiln, Perth, Scotland. Died: 1936, Pertshire.



Fleet-surgeon who joined the Royal Naval Medical Service in 1889; he saw a great deal of service in the eastern waters and spent a large part of his spare time in collecting ferns. He retired in 1909, but during the winters of 1911-13 he returned to Malaysia to continue his botanical collecting; in 1912 he visited the Buitenzorg Botanic Gardens. Author of some papers dealing with ferns.1

Aglaia matthewsii Merr. and other plants were named after him.


Collecting localities:

1903-04. Visiting Japan, China and Malaya (according to Burkill2 visiting the Straits Settlements in 1904).-1906-08. Visiting Japan, China; Malay Peninsula: Penang (Dec. 27, 1906); G. Hijau near Taiping (Febr. 6, 1908); Philippines: Luzon (March 1907), on Mt Maquiling etc.; Honolulu.-1911-13 (during the winters) in ‘Malaya’. Malay Peninsula (without date): Johore; Penang Hill; Perak, Maxwell’s Hill, G. Pondok; Singapore: Bt Timah; Selangor: Batu Caves; W. Sumatra: G. Singgalang (Febr. 1912); W. Java: G. Salak (Dec. 15, 1912) and G. Gedeh-Pangrango (Dec. 19); W. Sumatra (1912 or ? 1913): Mt Merapi, Mt Tandikat, Mt Sago, Indrapoera and in Jan. 1913: Padang Pandjang, Fort v. d. Capellen, G. Singgalang (Jan. 16); Malay Peninsula (1913): Singapore Isl., Penang; Perak, Taiping; near Kuala Lumpur (Selangor).



Herb. Kew [K]: ferns (pres. 1908) and fern collections amounting to 2000 sheets (pres. 1928).3 Duplicates in Herb. Bog. [BO]: 191 nos from Java, Sumatra and Mal. Penins.; Herb. Utrecht [U]; Herb. Leiden [L]. Dupl. in Herb. Brit. Mus. [BM], Herb. Edinb. [E] and Paris [P] (Herb. Christ).



(1) Ch.G. Matthew: ‘Enumeration of Chinese ferns’ (Journ. Linn. Soc. Bot. 39, 1911, p. 339-393); ‘Additions to Ridley’s List of ferns of the Malay Peninsula’ (Journ. Fed. Mal. Stat. Mus. 6, 1915/16, p. 255-256).

(2) cf. Gard. Bull. Str. Settlem. 4, 1927, p. 128.

(3) H. Christ: ‘Some new species of Malesian and Philippine ferns’ (Journ. Linn. Soc. Bot. 39, 1909, p. 213-215).


biographical data:

Verkl. Woordenb., 1936; Kew Bull. 1936, p. 189.