Anonymous*, Islands near Sumatra


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


The ‘demang’ (native government official of the Civil Service) of the Batoe Islands, W of Sumatra, sent 2 plants to Herb. Bog. [BO] in Dec. 1930. The Civil Administrator of the said islands, ditto 1 plant to Herb. Bog.

In 1855 the Resident of Banka sent species of Nepenthes originating from there, to the ‘Natuurkundige Vereeniging’ at Batavia; the specimens were passed to Teysmann, Herb. Bog., for identification.

The Consulting Agriculturist at Pangkalpinang, Banka, collected 4 plants (1928); in Herb. Bog. [BO].

Plants originating from Billiton and P. Mendanau in Herb. Leiden [L], presented by the Dept of the Colonies between the years 1871-98 (cf. Goddun in Meded. ‘s Rijks Herb. Leiden no 62b, p. 20; Mandanao = Mendanau).


(*) 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.