Collecting localities



Biographical data


Moseley, Henry Nottidge


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


Born: 1844, Wandsworth, Surrey, England. Died: 1891. Parkstone, Dorsetshire, England.



Zoologist who studied medicine and natural science at Oxford, Vienna, London and Leipsic; member of the famous Challenger Expedition round the world (see below). In 1877 he made a voyage to California and Oregon, and was appointed Professor of Anat-omy at Oxford in 1881.

Some plants were named after him.


Collecting localities:

Expedition in the ‘Challenger’, 1872-76.1 Sailing from Portsmouth (Dec. 21, 1872) via Madeira, Teneriffe, the West Indies, Madeira, Cape Verde Islands, Brazil, Tristan da Cunha, Cape of Good Hope, Kerguelen Island, Antarctic region, Australia, Friendly Isls, Fiji Isls, New Hebrides, Raine Island (Aug. 31, 1874); Islands of the Torres Strait (S of New Guinea); Aru Islands: Dobo on P. Wamar (Sept. 16-22, making some excursions on P. Wokam, Wanumbai, etc.); Kei (= Kai) Islands: Klein and Groot Kei (Sept. 24-25); Banda (Sept. 29-Oct. 1), G. Api being climbed by part of the expedition; Ambon (Oct. 4-9); Ternate (Oct. 15-16), climbing the Peak; Philippines: W. Mindanao, Zamboanga (Oct. 23-25); Panay, Ilo-Ilo (Oct. 28-30); Luzon, Manila (Nov. 4-10); Hongkong; back in Luzon, Manila (Jan. 11-14, 1875); Cebu (Jan. 18-23); Camiguin (Jan. 26); W. Mindanao, Zamboanga (Jan. 30-Febr. 2); Malanipa, Malamaui; Basilan (Febr. 4-5); North New Guinea: sailing past the mouth of the Ambernoh (= ? Mamberamo) River (fishing up floating seeds and other botanical material) (Febr. 22); Humboldt Bay (23-24); Admiralty Islands (March 3-9)2 at Nares Harbour, exploring NW. corner of the main island; March 10 sailing for Japan; Sandwich Islands, Hawaii, Sandwich ISLS; Juan Fernandez; S. America: Valparaiso, Strait of Magellan, Falkland Isls, Montevideo; Cape Verde Isls; Spithead (May 24, 1875).



Herb. Kew [K]: Challenger Expedition 1398, etc. (directly dispatched from various ports); Herb. Brit. Mus. [BM]: 2704 plants Challenger Exp. (pres. 1877/78);3 Herb. Berl. [B]: 94 dupl., according to the statement none from the Malaysian region); Herb. Vienna [W]: orchids of the Exp. (with Herb. Reichenbach); Herb. Cambridge (with Herb. Babington [CGE]): Challenger Exp., Tristan Group; Herb. Bot. Gard. St Petersb. (= Leningrad [LE]); Herb. Edinb. [E]: 24 dupl. Admiralty Isls etc. (pres. 1875/76).

The material is in a bad state; the collection was partly identified.4

Letters and other documents relating to the expedition in the Library at Kew.



(1) Sir C.W. Thomson & J. Murray: ‘Report on the scientific results of the voyage of H.M.S. Challenger during the years 1873-76, etc.’; including the ‘Narrative of the Voyage’ vol. 1 (2 parts) (1885).

W.J.J. Spry: ‘The cruise of H.M.S. Challenger’ (London 1877); ‘Die Expedition des Challenger. Eine wissenschaftliche Reise um die Welt’ (transl. from English; Leipzig 1877).

H.N. Moseley: ‘Notes by a naturalist on the “Challenger”, being an account of various observations during the voyage, etc.’ (London 1879). The data given by him sometimes do not agree with those mentioned in the ‘Narrative’ (l.c. see above).

Moseley’s autograph Journal of natural history observations made during the voyage was presented in 1883 to the Library of the British Museum.

J.W. Hedgpeth: ‘The voyage of the Challenger’ (Scient. Monthly 63, 1946, p. 194-202, incl. list of all published journals!).

(2) H.N. Moseley: ‘Notes on plants collected and observed at the Admiralty Islands’ (Journ. Linn. Soc. Bot. 15, 1877, p. 73-80) and ‘Notes on the various plants made use of as food and as implements, clothing, etc. by the natives of the Admiralty Islands’ (l.c. p. 80-82); cf. also ‘Report on the scientific results etc.’ (vol. 1, pt 4, 1885, p. 227-275 and p. 307).

(3) cf. Journ. Bot. 1878, p. 179.

(4) Orchids, ferns, Fungi, Algae, Musci, Hepaticae, etc., cf. Journ. Linn. Sec. Bot. 14-16, 1875-78.

W.B. Hemsley: ‘Report on the scientific results of the voyage of H.M.S. Challenger during the years 1873-76. Botany’ (vol. 1, London 1884-85). Herein: ‘The botany of the South-eastern Moluccas’ (l.c. vol. 1, pt 3, 1885, p. 101-226); ‘Seeds and seedvessels from the sea-beach of the Arrou Islands’ (l.c. vol. 1, pt 4, 1885, p. 296-298), etc.

The diatoms of the expedition are dealt with in Botany vol. 2, 1886.

cf. also Hook. Icon. Plant. 17, 1887b, t. 1694.


biographical data:

Memoir in Moseley, Notes by a naturalist etc., ed. 2, with portr.; Proc. Linn. Soc. 1890-92, p. 72; Biogr. Index Britten & Boulger in Journ. Bot. 36, 1898, p. 443-444, and in 2nd ed. by Rendle, 1931; Urban, Symb. Antill., 3, 1902-03, p. 90-91; Backer, Verkl. Woordenb., 1936.