Collecting localities



Biographical data


Oldham, Richard


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

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


Born: 1837, Macclesfield, England. Died: Nov. 13, 1864, Amoy, China.



Kew gardener who made botanical collections in Eastern Asia, from 1861-64.

Several plants were named after him.


Collecting localities:

Japan, Korea, China and Formosa. On the way thither also in the island of Penang, locality: Waterfall (May 1861).1



Herb. Kew [K] (pres. 1861-66), 1688 etc., several thousands of specimens; Herb. Bot. Gard. St Petersb. (= Leningrad [LE]): c. 1590 specim.; Herb. Brit. Mus. [BM]: 1138 plants from Formosa (purch. 1866-70). Other dupl. in Herb. Berlin [B]: Japan and Korea (a. 1862-63) 679 nos, Formosa (a. 1864) small collection; from Japan and Korea in Herb. Boiss. (Geneva [G]), Leiden [L] and Vienna [W]; from Formosa and Japan in Herb. Boiss. (Geneva [G]), Decand. (Geneva [G]) (264), de Franqueville (= Paris [P]), Munich [M]; also plants at Cambridge, Edinburgh [E], and Antwerp (Herb. v. Heurck [AWH]). Herb. State Mus. Stockholm [S]: dupl. Japan and Korea.

His total collections amount to about 14000 plants, including many new species.2 The Penang species (mostly ferns) amount to 10, of which 2 or 3 unnumbered.



(1) cf. Gleichenia linearis, Ridley in Mal. Br. Roy. As. Soc. 4, 1926, p. 3, and MS. Kew collectors in Kew Library.

(2) D. Oliver: ‘Notes upon a few of the plants collected, chiefly near Nagasaki, Japan, and in the Islands of the Korean archipelago, in the years 1862-63, by Mr Richard Oldham, late Botanical Collector attached to the Royal Gardens, Kew’ (Journ. Linn. Soc. Bot. 9, 1867, p. 168-170).


biographical data:

Bot. Zeitung 24, 1866, p. 260; Seemann Journ. Bot. 4, 1866, p. 239-240; Journ. Kew Guild 1897, p. 29; Bretschneider, Hist. Bot. Discov. China, 1898, p. 682-684; Biogr. Index Britten & Boulger, 2nd ed. by Rendle, 1931; Backer, Verkl. Woordenb., 1936.