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Biographical data


Winterbottom, James Edward


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

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

(Source: Flora Malesiana ser. 1, 8: Cyclopaedia of collectors, Supplement II)


Born: 1803, Reading, England. Died: 1854, Rhodes.



Was educated at Oxford (M.A. 1828); M.B. 1833. From 1834 onwards he made almost annually tours in Europe. He spent most of his life in travel. From 1846-49 he travelled in company of Capt. Strachey (later Sir Richard) to India, Further India, China, Kashmir, Tibet, Nepal, and the Indian Archipelago. Early 1854 he started his tour to the Near East. According to Burkill1 he went to Java in 1846 and returned westwards to India, travelling there in different parts. He returned to Britain, but set out once more, dying on the home voyage. He must be identical with the Java collector (cf. Fl. Mal. vol. 1: Both Kew and the British Museum have a Himalayan herbarium of James Edward Winterbottom (1803-54), who died in the island of Rhodes on the home voyage from the Orient and Egypt in 1854. Previously he made a voyage to India (cf. Flora N.R. 13, 1855, p. 144). He may be identical with the Java collector).  


Collecting localities:

Leaving England (Jan. 4, 1846) for Bombay. As it proved too late for a trip to the Himalaya, he determined to go on to Java (arriving June 20), and after making excursions about the island, returned at Batavia on July 24; by steamer (27) to Singapore (arrival Aug. 1). With the China mail to Hongkong and up the coast to Shanghai, returning by the same route to Singapore, proceeding to India and the Himalaya; home (about April 1849) by way of Egypt, Malta, and Gibraltar.

Collected Adiantum diaphanum Blume on G. Gede(h) (cf. Kuhn in Miquel, Ann. Mus. Lugd. Bat. 4, 1868/69, p. 281), some plants between Buitenzorg and Tjipanas (cf. Koster in Blumea 1, 1935, p. 432), and at Batavia (l.c. p. 459); all localities situated in W. Java (coll. about June 1846). 



Until 1900 in the possession of the family, but then given to Herb. Kew [K]. The plants cited by Koster are preserved in Herb. Kew [K]. Also in Herb. Edinb. [E] from Java (1846).



(1) In J. Bomb. Nat. Hist. Soc. 54, 1956, p. 77-78.


biographical data:

Lond. J. Bot. 6, 1854, p. 345-349; Bonplandia 2, 1854, Nov. 15, p. 265; Biogr. Index Britten & Boulger, 2nd ed. by Rendle, 1931.