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Meijer Drees, Ebertus


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

(Source: Flora Malesiana ser. 1, 5: Cyclopaedia of collectors, Supplement I)


Born: 1909, Spijkenisse, Z., Holland. Died: 1984.



Was educated and took his Dr’s degree at Wageningen Agricultural College; since 1936 in the employ of the D.E. Indian Forest Service, placed at the disposal of the Director of the Forest Research Institute at Bui-enzorg,1 save for a short interruption, when he was stationed at Tjepoe (teak forests, Rembang Res.). With Ch. Versteegh (see there) he accompanied the Archbold Expedition 1938-39 to New Guinea (cf. sub Brass); after some disaccord Meijer Drees left the expedition in September 1938; his work was continued by Versteegh. After World War II he was stationed in Timor, and at Buitenzorg; subsequently on leave in Holland; in 1949 he returned to Indonesia.

He is commemorated in the moss Blindia meyer-reesii Bartram.


Collecting localities:

1936-37. W. Java. -1938. Dutch N. New Guinea: with the Archbold Exp. (cf. sub Brass, June till Sept.): in the subdivision Hollandia from coastal localities and the Idenburg River, Bernhard bivouac, Roode rivier (= Red River), etc. Before his departure he assisted in general botanising on Mt Wilhelmina.-1939. SW. Celebes.-1941. SE. Borneo.-c. 1946-47. Timor (Dutch and Portug. part).



Herb. For. Res. Inst. Buitenzorg [BZF]: some from Java (Ja. nos), Celebes and Borneo; 647 New Guinea nos, partly together with Brass (literature see there); and Timor plants. The plants collected with Brass, in Herb. Arn. Arbor. [A], are mislabelled Brass & Myer Drees (instead of Meijer Drees), and consequently cited in this way in the Journal of the Arnold Arboretum. Herb. Bog. [BO]: 301 dupl. of New Guinea plants (nos 252-663).

He possibly also collected in Banka.2



(1) Author of ‘Plantensociologie, boschbouw en houtteelt’ (Tectona 31, 1938, p. 166-205).

(2) E. Meijer Drees: ‘Verslag van een oriënterende tournee ten behoeve van het vegetatie onderzoek in het boscomplex Lubuk Besar op Banka’ (mimeographed, Buitenzorg, Java).


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