Collecting localities



Biographical data


Römer, Lucien Sophie Albert Marie von


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


Born: 1873, Kampen, O., Holland.



From 1903-06 psychiatrist at Amsterdam, from 1906-13 Medical Officer in the Royal Dutch Navy; since 1913 Inspector of the Civil Medical Service in the D.E.I.; from 1930 till his retirement in 1932 chief Government Physician in the Service of Public Health at Bondowoso (E. Java); subsequently medical practitioner at Malang (E. Java); in 1948 still living in Java. He joined a New Guinea expedition (see below) and visited some islands W of Sumatra; during both tours he made botanical collections.

Several plants were named after him.


Collecting localities:

2nd Lorentz Expedition, 1909-10.1 cf. also sub Nouhuys, Lorentz and Habbema. Sailing from Soerabaja (Aug. 15, 1909); Timor: Koepang (21); Aroe Islands: Dobo (29); Dutch S. New Guinea: running into Lorentz River (= Noord River) (Sept. 2); reconnaissance of Van der Sande River (= Bibis River) (Sept. 6-12; this trip without von Römer); ascending Lorentz River; Alkmaar bivouac (Oct. 4); ridge of the Hellwig Mts (Oct. 16); proceeding (27) to the everlasting snow (cf. sub Lorentz and Habbema); von Römer in the meantime returned to Alkmaar bivouac and set out (Nov. 13) on a second tour to Hellwig Mts in company with Rachmat (see there), ascending the summit (Nov. 29); Alkmaar bivouac; part of the way downstream Lorentz River (Jan. 10, 1910); leaving the river (March 17) and returning by way of Ambon and Makassar (SW. Celebes) to Soerabaja (arriving March 31).-Dec. 1910-Jan. 1911. Islands W of Sumatra: Nias (since Oct. 19); (Ne) Nako (= Hinako) Islands (Jan.).



Herb. Bog. [BO]: 1335 nos from New Guinea, including 7 plants from the top region collected by Lorentz and Habbema;2 duplicates in Herb. Leiden [L], Utrecht [U], Kew [K] and Berl. [B].3 In Herb. Bog. [BO]: some plants from Nias, nos 1-48 and I-XXV; and the nos 1-26 from the Hinako Islands.

For living plants from New Guinea, see sub Rachmat.



(1) cf. Bull. Mij Bev. Nat. Ond. Ned. Kol. nos 59-64; Tijdschr. K.N.A.G. 1910, p. 144, 357, 573, 1030, 1244 and 1301; Geogr. Journ. Lond. 37, 1911, p. 477-500; Versl. Milit. Expl. Ned. N.G. 1907-15, Weltevreden 1920, p. 28-29.

H.A. Lorentz: ‘Zwarte menschen-Witte bergen’ (Leiden 1913).

(2) cf. v. R.: ‘Kurze allgemeine Mitteilungen über Ort and Zeit des Einsammelns des Herbarium Materials der Süd-Neu-Guinea Expedition im Jahre 1909-10 unter Leitung des Herrn Dr Jur.H.A. Lorentz’ (Buitenzorg, Apr. 27, 1910).

(3) The results were published in Nova Guinea vol. 8, 1909-14.

cf. also J.J. Smith: ‘Vorläufige Beschreibungen neuer papuanischer Orchideen’ II (Bull. Dép. Agr. Ind. néerl. no 39, 1910, p 1-22).

cf. also ‘Beitr. z. Flora Papuas.’ (Engl. Bot. Jahrb. 1912→).


biographical data:

Backer, Verkl. Woordenb., 1936; Persoonlijkheden in Nederland, 1938, + portr.