Collecting localities



Biographical data


Romburgh, P. van


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


Born: 1855, Leiden, Z.H., Holland. Died: 1945, Baarn, U., Holland.



Chemist, educated at Leiden University, taking his Ph.Dr’s degree in 1881; from 1878 onwards Assistant at the University; from 1890-1903 Head of the Economic Garden and the Agricultural-Chemical Laboratory of the Botanic Gardens at Buitenzorg; he made some official tours in search of rubber-yielding plants. From 1903-26 Professor of Chemistry at Utrecht; in 1916 settling at Baarn.

Author of phytochemical papers.

Some plants were named after him.


Collecting localities:1

1893. Tour to Centr. and E. Java. -1898. S. Sumatra, Lampong Districts: Tandjong Pinang Estate in Toelang Bawang Division; via Meraksa by boat to Menggala; Tandjoeng Agoeng, and on the way to Benkoelen Residency via Negeri Besar-Negara Batin (Aug. 31)-Boemi Agoeng-Segara Midar-Balambangan-Negri Batin (Sept. 2)-banks of the Wai Oempoe-Tandjoeng Koeroeng-Kasoy-Djoekoe Baroe-Way Tenong-Baroe-Liwa -Kroë; by boat to Benkoelen, making trips to Taba Penandjoeng, Tandjoeng Heran, Kramat Mentiring, desa Soerbaja, desa Taba Padjau; by sea to W. Sumatra: Padang, Datar, Alahan Pandjang; Moeara Laboe, from where making trips to the forest of the Soengai Tjoepa, Sg. Lambai, Bt Pintoe Kajoe (near Loeboeq Sampir), Loeboeq Gedang, Bt Soengai Djando and Bt Soengai Pinang; from Loeboeq Gedang via Moeara Laboe to Alahan Pandjang, Solok, and Sawah Loento; excursion to the forests of Sidjoendjoeng; environs of Fort de Kock and Pajakombo; via Manindjau to Loeboeq Basoen; Loeboeq Sikaping (Oct. 22-24); via Pantie Forest to Taloe, Ajer Bangis, and back to Padang; returning to Buitenzorg (arriving early in Nov.).-1899. SE. Borneo (March-Apr.): Bandjermasin; by boat to Boentok (middle course Barito), from where making trips to Pemangka, Danau Medara, Kelahian, Ajoe River (as far as Moeroeng Paken), Sg. Boeroeng and Sg. Mendioet; Moeara Teweh, Sg. Lahai (ascending past Tjoedjoe); downstream again to Moeara Teweh, Marabahan, Negara, Kendangan (trip to Harian), and Bandjermasin.-W. Java, Bantam: Tjitoedjah (Aug. 1).-W. Borneo (Sept.-Oct.): Pontianak; by boat to Sambas, and trip to Paloh via Pimpiran and Kalimantang; trips to Sg. Stingga, Sg. Lokan Mendjawa (or Doengo), ascent of the Asoe Asang (600 m); Pontianak, making trips to Biang above Sanggau (on the Kapoeas), forests near Sg. Boejanan; from Tajan by water to Kemaring; back to Pontianak; Singapore; Batam (Riouw), making a trip in the forests; Boeroe and P. Loban opposite of it; via Singapore to Sumatra East Coast, Deli: Bindjei, forest near Bandar Baroe (above Petani), ascent of the Sempoelana Angin (1400 m); back to Buitenzorg.

He made collections in Java too. In W. Java, Bantam at: Poleng, Bodjong Manik and Moentjang, besides in Priangan Residency, and probably in other localities, between 1890-1903.



Herb. Bog. [BO], mainly rubber and gutta-yielding plants,2 but orchids3 and Pipers4 too.

Several plants for Hort. Bog., from Sumatra, Borneo, etc.



(1) cf. P. van Romburgh: ‘Caoutchouc en Getah-pertja in Nederlandsch-Indië’ (Meded. ‘s Lands Plantentuin no 39, 1900).

(2) J.G. Boerlage: ‘Enumération des végétaux producteurs de Caoutchouc et de Getah-pertja récoltés par le Dr. P. van Romburgh dans les îles de Sumatra, Borneo et Java’ (Bull. Inst. Bot. Buit. no 5, 1900, p. 1-29; in the preface his last trips to Borneo, Riouw and Sumatra are wrongly stated to have taken place in 1898).

(3) cf. Bull. Dép. Agric. Ind. néerl. no 5, 1907, p. 17 and Icon. Bogor. 3, 1909, p. 20.

(4) Several cited by S.H. Koorders in ‘Monographie der Piperaceae van Java’ (Kon. Akad. Wet. Amsterdam 2e sect. 14, no 4, 1908, p. 1-75).


biographical data:

Chem. Weekbl. 23, 1926, p. 22-39 + portr.; bibliogr. in l.c. p. 39-57; Backer, Verkl. Woordenb., 1936; Jaarb. Kon. Akad. Wet. Amsterdam 1944-45, 1946, p. 141-144, + portr.