Anonymous*, New Guinea


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

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


The German New Guinea Company sent living plants from NE. New Guinea to Hort. Bog. in 1894.

The ‘Landeshauptmann’ (=? Schmiele) in former German New Guinea at Friedrich Wilhelmshafen sent living plants to Hort. Bog. (cf. Versl. Pl. Tuin Buitenzorg for 1894, p. 138, 144) in 1894.

Hort. Bog.: orchids from Doré, NW. New Guinea (pres. 1899).

The Resident of Ternate presented Piperaceae originating from the N. coast of New Guinea to Herb. Bog. The same in 1900 a lot of orchids from New Guinea to Herb. Bog. [BO].

Herb. Univers. Zürich [Z]: 8 New Guinea plants presented in 1904 by H. Brockmann, student at Winterthur. Probably not collected by himself.

In 1905 the Assistent Resident of Merauke, S. New Guinea, sent orchids to Hort. Bog.

The Assistent Resident of Merauke (= prob. J.A.W. Coenen, see there), sent material preserved in formalin from S. New Guinea to Herb. Bog. [BO] in 1912.

The Officer in Command of Ambon and Ternate sent some orchids from Upper Digoel, Dutch S. New Guinea, to Hort. Bog. in 1913.

In Febr. 1938, 2 specimens from Dutch S. New Guinea (Upper Digoel) were presented through the intermediary of the Army Surgeon E.M. Elsbach at Soerabaja, to Herb. Bog. [BO].

The Director of Agriculture, New Guinea, sent 15 orchids to Kew Herb. [K] in 1933.


(*) 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.