Collecting localities



Biographical data


Parkinson, Sydney


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

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


Born: c. 1745, Edinburgh, Scotland. Died: Jan. 26, 1771, Indian Ocean.



Woollendraper, protégé of Banks, draughtsman during Cook’s 1st voyage (cf. also sub Banks, and Solander).

Ficus parkinsoni Hiern was named after him.


Collecting localities:

Voyage in the ‘Endeavour’, 1768-71,1 Cook’s 1st voyage, cf. detailed intiner. etc. sub Banks.



Unpublished illustrations of plants made during the voyage in Libr. Brit. Mus. There are no data as to he himself having done any collecting, though he is the author of a paper on economic plants.2



(1) S. Parkinson: ‘A journal of a voyage to the South Seas, in his Majesty’s ship the Endeavour’ (London 1773, 2nd ed. w. appendix 1784). For the new and mostly unlisted technical names in this Journal see E.D. Merrill in ‘The Botany of Cook’s Voyages’ (Chron. Bot. 14, 1954, p. 346-363).

(2) ‘Plants of use for food, medicine, etc. in Otaheite’ (in l.c. p. 37-50).


biographical data:

Portrait in his ‘Journal’ (Liter. sub 1); Biogr. Index Britten & Boulger in Journ. Bot. 28, 1890, p. 117, and in 2nd ed. by Rendle, 1931.