Biographical data


Barber, Edmund Scott


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

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



(not: E. Barber Scott, as is evident from some original letters at Kew) about the middle of the 19th century Administrator of the island Labuan (NW. coast of Borneo), who according to Backer made an extensive collection of plants in this island and in N. Borneo.

Dictyopteris barberi Bedd. and Polypodium barberi Hook. were named after him.



In Herb. Kew [K] > 398 nos. According to Backer, Barber purchased Motleyís herbarium after the latter was murdered and subsequently presented it to Herb. Kew; Burkill told me that E. Barbour (spelt this way) bought it when M. left Labuan. In Herb. Kew often are 2 specimens of one and the same plant from Labuan, e.g. of Kibara motleyi Perk., both of them bearing no 119, one label however bearing the name of Motley, the other of Barber. The actual collector is Motley, Barber only purchased the collection.

Burkillís statement, apart from the spelling of the name, agrees with that of Miss L.S. Gibbs (cf. Journ. Linn. Soc. Bot. 42, 1914, p. 2, footnote). Evidently Backer was wrong.


biographical data:

Backer, Verkl. Woordenb., 1936.