Collecting localities



Biographical data


Nyman, Erik Olof August


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

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


Born: 1866, Linköping, Sweden. Died: 1900, Munich, Germany.



Botanist from Uppsala (Ph. Dr in 1896), who sailed for Java in February 1897, to make botanical investigations in the western part of that island.1 He extended his researches to New Guinea, fell ill after some months’ stay and finally had to return to Java. When he went home in mid-1900, he did not reach his country, dying on the way thither.

He made ethnological and zoological collections too.

Some plants were named after him.


Collecting localities:

1897-98. W. Java:2 at and near Buitenzorg, making several trips, to G. Salak (May 23, July 1897); Hort. Bog. (March, June 18, 1897); Zandbaai on the S. coast (July-Aug.; early in Aug. with Hj. Möller, see there); Wijnkoopsbaai (Aug.); G. Salak (Aug. and Sept. 10-11, Oct.); Tjisolok (Sept. 1897); P. Onrust (Oct. 27) and P. Edam (Nov.) in the Bay of Batavia; Zandbaai (end of Nov.-Dec. 1897 and Febr. 1898); G. Salak (June 23, 1898); Tjibodas (c. June 14-July 26), climbing G. Pangrango (July 16) and G. Gedeh (17-18); G. Salak (in July and Sept.).-1898. Moluccas: Banda and Ambon on the way to New Guinea.3-1898-99. NE. New Guinea, former Kaiser-Wilhelmsland: Stephansort and neighbourhood, and Konstantinhafen (Dec. 22, 1898-March 1899); Sattelberg (June and July 1899); Simbang near Finschhafen (Aug.); Bismarck Archipelago: Neu Pommern (= New Britain), in the vicinity of Herbertshöhe and the slopes of Mutter Volcano, and Neu Lauenburg (= Duke of York Island) (Aug.-Sept.); NE. New Guinea: Stephansort (Sept.-Oct.); Friedrich Wilhelmshafen, Hansemannberg and Sattelberg (Oct.); in Nov. back to Java, from where sailing for Europe in June 1900, after having considerably enlarged his collections.



Herb. Uppsala [UPS]; dupt. at Lund [LD] and Stockholm [S]; Herb. Berl. [B]: plants from New Guinea and Bismarck Archip., 460 nos; and Fungi from Java and New Guinea; dupl. in Herb. Leiden [L]; Herb. Copenhagen [C] (New Guinea).

His total collections amount to more than 1000 nos, especially cryptogams;4 many of the phanerogams were collected in rice fields and mangrove forests.

The New Guinea plants were described by Schumann.5 The material of the S. coast of Java is said to be still unidentified in Herb. Berlin [B] (now probably destroyed).

A fine series in alcohol of Myrmecodia and Hydnophytum from Java in the Inst. of Plant Ecology, Uppsala.



(1) cf. Dammerman in Ann. Jard. Bot. Buit. 45, 1935, p. 23; Boedijn in l.c. p. 107.

(2) E. Nyman: ‘Botaniske excursioner på Java’ (Bot. Not. Lund for 1900, p. 117-122, 181-184). Several data derived from Warburg ‘Monsunia’ 1, 1900.

(3) cf. Verdoorn: ‘Asiatische Jubileae’ (Thesis 1934) p. 83.

(4) Fungi cf. in Warburg ‘Monsunia’ 1, 1900; and literature by Boedijn in Ann. Jard. Bot. Buit. 45, 1935, p. 107 etc.

(5) In ‘Nachträge z. Flor. d. Deutsch. Schutzgeb. i.d. Südsee’ (Leipzig 1905).


biographical data:

Wittrock, Icon. Bot. Berg., 1903, p. 65; and l.c. 2, 1905, p. 47, 208; Schumann & Lauterbach, Nachträge Fl. d. D. Schutzgeb. i.d. Südsee, 1905, p. 24-25 (transl. from Bot. Not. 1900); Krok, Bibl. Bot. Suecana, 1925, p. 562, incl. bibliogr.; Backer, Verkl. Woordenb., 1936.