Collecting localities




Bennett, Frederick Debell


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



Brother of George Bennett (see below), accompanied the voyage round the world in the ‘Tuscan’, 1833-36,1 under command of Capt. F.R. Stavers. His special object was the study of the mode of life and the anatomy of whales.


Collecting localities:

Voyage in the Tuscan’, 1833-36.1 Leaving England (Oct. 17, 1833); sailing via Madeira, round Cape Horn, Juan Fernandez, Pitcairn Isl., Society Islands (Tahiti, Raiatéa); making a cruise to the northward; Sandwich Islands, Duncan’s Isl., Marquesas Islands, Society Islands, Carolines, Christmas lsl. (North Pacific Ocean); making a long cruise, and returning to the Sandwich Islands; Lobos Islands; Cape St Lucas (California); Marquesas Islands, Society Islands; on the homeward voyage anchoring in the S(o)utran(h)a Bay (Port. Timor) (July 18-22, 1836), and sailing via the Cape of Good Hope and St Helena; back at Gravesend (Nov. 27, 1836).



Herb. Berl. [B]: siphonogams from Timor and Christmas Island (Pacific, 2º0’ N, 157° 20’W); in 1842 Berlin bought 2060 nos collected by F.D. Bennett from the Herb. A.B. Lambert, London, partly originating from B.’s journey around the world.

In the cited list2 45 species from Timor, and many from elsewhere, are enumerated.



(1) F.D. Bennett: ‘Narrative of a Whaling Voyage round the Globe, from the year 1833 to 1836. Comprising sketches of Polynesia, California, the Indian Archipelago, etc. with an account of the southern Whales, the Sperm Whale fishery and the Natural History of the climates visited’ (London 1840, 2 vols).

(2) cf. Botany in the ‘Narrative’ l.c. vol. 2, p. 327-395: ‘A descriptive catalogue of the plants collected during the Tuscan’s voyage’, in which several details are given on the use by the natives.