Anonymous*, Lesser Sunda Islands


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


The Resident of Bali and Lombok sent a lot of living orchids to Hort. Bog. in 1886 and 1908.

The Estate-Manager of Poeloekan (Bali) collected Salvia occidentalis Schwarz; in Herb. Bog. [BO] (pres. Sept. 1933).

The District Officer of Lombok sent a Cypripedium sp. to Hort. Bog. in 1906.

The Overseer of the Forestry Service collected Dysoxylum ramiflorum Miq. in Lombok; in Herb. Bog. [BO] (pres. 1933).

The Veterinary Surgeon of Soembawa besar (Soembawa) sent 39 nos of grasses for identification to Herb. Bog. [BO] (1930).

The Govt Veterinary Surgeon at Waingapoe (Soemba), collected Coleus scutellarioides Benth. (April 1930); in Herb. Bog. [BO]

In Herb. Bog. [BO]: 5 nos of grasses from Soemba (pres. through the Veterinary Institute Buitenzorg).

The Civil Administrator of Flores sent plants to Herb. Bog. [BO] in 1918.

The Govt Veterinary Surgeon at Roeteng, Flores (= ? W.R. Knaap, see there), sent 20 grasses to Herb. Bog. [BO] in 1926.

A forester (in German: Förster) collected in 1932 in behalf of Herb. Berl. [B] in Flores. cf. Förster, and Mrs I. Rensch (coil. 1928).

The Overseer of the Forestry Service collected prairie plants in Flores in Nov. 1934; 7 nos in Herb. Bog. [BO] (pres. Febr. 1935).

The Assistant Consulting Agriculturist at Larantoeka collected 3 nos from E. Flores in May 1935; in Herb. Bog. [BO]

The Assistant Agriculturist collected 13 nos in Flores (Oct. 24, 1936); in Herb. Bog. [BO]

The Consulting Agriculturist of Timor and adjacent islands, sent plants from Larantoeka, E. Flores, to Hort. Bog. in 1938.

The Civil Administrator of P. Lomblen sent a Myristica sp. to Hort. Bog. in 1915.

The Consulting Agriculturist of Timor and adjacent islands, sent plants from P. Adonare to Hort. Bog. in 1938.

The Forest Architect (=? de Grijp, see there) at Koepang, Timor, collected plants, viz in 1934 a collection of 28 nos and in April 1935: 18 nos from Fetin, Lelefoei, Nenas, Fatoe, Amnasi and Bidjeli; in Herb. Bog. [BO]

The Herb. N.Y. Bot. Gard. [NY] acquired a small collection from Timor in 1935 (cf. Bull. N.Y. Bot. Gard. 36, 1935, p. 21)

The Lieutenant of the Chinese in Ambon sent a lot of living orchids from the Tanimber Islands to Hort. Bog. in 1900.


(*) Anonymous collectors are numerous in the Malaysian collections. Many of them were officials whose names can only be traced with difficulty or not at all, and who, in all probability, often did not collect in the field themselves.

Some large collections were made by native collectors whose names are not noted (e.g. from Borneo). Further there are quite a number of totally anonymous collections, of which we have not the faintest idea who made them. The anonymous collections cannot be neglected; some are very large e.g. the ‘Native Collector(s)’ employed by the Bureau of Science in Borneo. Some are very important, and contained a lot of novelties, e.g. the grasses collected by veterinary surgeons in Soemba Isl. (L.S.I.). Sometimes duplicates were distributed of well-known collections with totally inadequate labels, specially of the old collections; these duplicates are now often ‘anonymous’. The anonymous collections have been annoying for the present compiler. They are here arranged geographically and chronologically.