Collecting localities


Biographical data


Becher, Harry Macdonald


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


Born: India. Died: Sept. 16, 1893, in a flood, when exploring towards G. Tahan, Malay Peninsula.



Got his education in London and at Heidelberg (Germany) as a mining engineer. From 1879-82 in Sarawak (NW. Borneo), Mining Engineer to Borneo Co. Ltd. About 1886 in charge of Pingtu Gold Mines in Shantung, China; subsequently Consulting Engineer to the Punjom Mining Co., coming on to Singapore, and soon starting the firm of Becher, Louis & Co.

The genus Becheria Ridl. was named after him.1


Collecting localities:

He collected a little about Kuala Tembeling, Pahang, Malay Peninsula, in 1893 (cf. Burkill in Gard. Bull. Str. Settlem. 4, 1927, nos 4-5).



(1) cf. Journ. Sir. Br. Roy. As. Soc. no 61, 1912, p. 20.


biographical data:

Sarawak Gazette 23, 1893, p. 171 (copied from Straits Times and Free Press).