Collecting localities




Moszkowski, Max


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

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


Born: 1873, Breslau, Germany.



Physician who travelled in Ceylon and Sumatra in 1907 and later in New Guinea. He made extensive zoological collections, measured skulls, etc.

Several plants were named after him (cf. Backer, Verkl. Woordenb., 1936).


Collecting localities:

1907. He or his collector (cf. sub Grashoff) was in Djambi (Centr. Sumatra) in April. Sumatra East Coast (May-June):1 Siak, Mandan River (up to kp. Balai) and tributaries, Rokan River, Tasik Sorei Lake; ascending the Tapung Kanan (to past Danau Lantjang); the Tapung Kiri; Rokan region; Bt Seligi on the boundary of Siak and Rokan region; to Fort de Kock (Sum. W. Coast), and back to the Rokan region; mountain villages on the Rokan Kiri; Rokan Kanan, downstream to Kapanuhan, and from there to Rokan Kiri; through the forest to the Mandau River.-1910-11. Dutch N. New Guinea:2 Cape d’Urville (May 18, 1910); mapping Wier (= Wait) River; Mamberamo region; short visit to the Van Rees Mts (July); headquarters on the Naumoni River; accident above the Edi Falls, losing everything (Sept. 24); going back (26) to Manokwari, where equipped again, though primitively; Naumoni bivouac (Oct. 6); passing the Edi Falls (Oct. 24) to the Van Rees Mts; mouth of the Zuid River (= Van Daalen River) (Nov. 14), ascending the same and making camp upstream; proceeding (27), returning Dec. 4, his endeavour to reach the Snow- mountains failing on account of food shortage; going up a contributary of the Zuid River, returning Dec. 30; junction of the Zuid River with the Mamberamo (Jan. 1, 1911); Naumoni bivouac (5); mouth of the Mamberamo (10).



Herb. Berl. [B]: 139 nos from Sumatra (bad material + about 20 in the Show Mus.) and 433 from New Guinea; Herb. Leiden [L]: New Guinea dupl. New Guinea dupl. (1910) in Herb. Edinb. [E].

The bulk of the Sumatra material consists of sterile economic plants.3 Grashoff (see there) collected Sumatra plants on his behalf.

An important part of the New Guinea collection was lost in January 1911, when descending the Edi Falls. A number of plants were described in the ‘Beitrage z. Flora Papuasiens’ (Engl. Bot. Jahrb. 1912-.).



(1) M. Moszkowski: ‘Biologische Notizen aus Zentralsumatra’ (Sitz. Ber. Ges. Naturf. Freunde 1908, no 4, p. 69-89, 6 fig.); ‘Reisen in Ost- and Central Sumatra’ (Zeitschr. Ges. Erdk. Berl. 1909, p. 583-608, with 2 maps, pl. 9-10 indicating route); ‘Auf neuen Wegen durch Sumatra’ (Berlin 1909; with appendices on the zoological collection, the indigenous economic trees (l.c. p. 308-311) and the more important medicinal and magic plants (l.c. p. 311-312); ‘Langs nieuwe wegen door Sumatra’ (De Aarde en haar volken 1917, p. 225-279; derived from the former paper!).

(2) M. Moszkowski: in Zeitschr. Ges. Erdk. Berl. 42, 1910, p. 948-953; ‘Vorläufiger Bericht über die Deutsche Mamberamo-Expedition in Niederländisch-Neu-Guinea’ (Zeitschr. Ges. Erdk. Berl. 1911, p. 185-192); ‘Expedition zur Erforschung des Mamberamo in Holländisch Neu-Guinea’ (l.c. 1912, p. 271-288, 365-377, pl. 3-5); ‘Ins unerforschte Neuguinea, Erlebnisse mit Kopfjägern und Kannibalen’ (Ullstein Verlag Berl. Wege zum Wissen, 1928).

cf. also Tijdschr. K.N.A.G. 1910, p. 1256-1257; ‘ 1911, p. 323; 1912, p. 535-538.

(3) M. Moszkowski: ‘Botanische Notizen aus den sumatranischen Urwäldern’ (Notizbl. Berl. Dahl. 5, 1908, p. 80-82). See also E. Gill: ‘Bemerkungen zu den “Botanischen Notizen” des Herrn Dr Moszkowski’ (l.c. p. 82-84).