Anonymous*, Malay Peninsula


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


12 Filices from Malacca with Kamel’s plants in Herb. Petiver, Brit. Mus. [BM].  The material must have been collected about 1700.

A collector employed by Thomas Evans (see there) collected in P. Penang in 1808, e.g. Begonia evansiana Andr. (cf. BACKER, Verkl. Woordenb., 1936).

A Chinese collector in the employ of the Fed. Malay States Museum, made a collection of plants near the summit of G. Benom, Pahang, in the Malay Peninsula (July-Aug. 1925), at an alt. of 6000 feet and upwards. Material in Herb. Fed. Mal. Stat. Mus. = permanently on loan in Herb. Sing. [SING] (cf. M.R. Henderson: ‘On a collection of plants from Gunong Benom, Pahang’ in Journ. Fed. Mal. Stat. Mus. 13, 1926, p. 217-227)

(*) 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.