Collecting localities



Biographical data


Norris, Sir William


(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: 1793, London, England. Died: 1859, Sunningdale, Berkshire, England.



A jurist who went to British India in 1829; from 1836-47 in the Malay Peninsula (Recorder of Penang etc.), later Chief Justice in Ceylon. He was a friend of Griffithís.

He is commemorated in the genus Norrisia Gardn. and in some other plant species.


Collecting localities:

1836-47. Malay Peninsula: Penang; Mt Ophir (Johore), Malacca.



He sent plants to Griffith, Sir W.J. Hooker, Lady Dalhousie (see those), and Gardner in Ceylon.1 The herbaria of Griffith, Hooker and Lady Dalhousie came to Kew [K] and so did Norrisís own fern collection. Herb. Berl. [B]: Malacca plants (pres. c. 1849); also dupl. in Herb. Florence [FI], and Herb. Leiden [L] (pres. 1849). Also dupl. (distrib. Kew) in Herb. Leningrad [LE] and in Herb. Oxford [OXF].



(1) cf. Curtis, Catal. Plants Penang, 1892, p. 100; Ridley in Journ. Str. Br. Roy. As. Soc. no 25, 1894, p. 166; Backer, Verkl. Woordenb., 1936, sub Norrisia.


biographical data:

Biogr. Index Britten & Boulger in Journ. Bot. 28, 1890, p. 89; Burkill in Gard. Bull. Str. Settlem. 4, 1927, nos 4-5; Backer, Verkl. Woordenb., 1936.