Collecting localities



Biographical data


Veitch, John Gould


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


Born: 1839, Exeter, England. Died: 1870, Coombe Wood, Surrey, England.



Son of James Veitch the founder of the renowned horticultural firm of Veitch & Sons. He made some travels for importing new plants, one to the Philippines with the special object of obtaining plants of various species of Phalaenopsis. After his return he was appointed a Fellow of the Linnean Society. He was taken ill in 1867 and remained an invalid until his death.

The genera Veitchia Wendl., Gouldia A.Gray, and several plant species were named in his honour.


Collecting localities:1

In April 1860 he started on a voyage to the Far East, arriving at Nagasaki, Japan, in July following; he remained about a year there, and made the ascent of the Fujiyama; towards the end of 1861 he proceeded to the Philippines.-2nd Voyage to the East, sailing in 1864 for Australia and the South Sea Islands, returning to England in Febr. 1866.



In Herb. H.J. Veitch = Herb. Kew [K]: from Polynesia and Australia 245 nos.



(1) cf. Hortus Veitchii 1906, p. 49-52; ‘Extracts from the Journal of Mr J.G. Veitch during a trip to the Australian Colonies and the South Sea Islands’ (in Gard. Chron. 1866; in l.c. 1860-62 ditto of the trip to Japan etc.).


biographical data:

Gard. Chron. 1870, p. 1117; Proc. Linn. Sec. Lend. 1870/71, p. xc; Biogr. Index Britten & Boulger in Journ. Bot. 29, 1891, p. 84, and in 2nd ed. by Rendle, 1931; J.H. Veitch, The Veitchian Nurseries, 1903, portr.; Hortus Veitchii 1906 (portr.); Backer, Verkl. Woordenb., 1936; Journ. Roy. Hort. Soc. 73, 1948, p. 286.