Booth, Jonas Thomas


(Source: Flora Malesiana ser. 1, 8: Cyclopaedia of collectors, Supplement II)


Born: 1829.



He preferred to be known as Thomas J. Booth, was a nephew of Thomas Nuttall. He shared his uncle’s enthusiasm for travel and made botanical collections for the latter in N. Assam,1 having sailed from Liverpool for Calcutta in June 1849. In 1853 Nuttall (and Booth) described 22 new Rhododendron species from there.

From a letter to the Gardeners Chronicle,2 written several years later, it is apparent from the signature, that Booth at that time was living at Rainhill Nursery, near Prescot.

It might be possible that the unknown Booth who collected in Java in 1862 (see Cycl. Fl. Mal. I, 1, 1950, 72a), was identical or a relation.



(1) Cf. Trans. Bot. Soc. Edinb. 41, 1972, p. 351-363.

(2) Cf. Gard. Chron. 1862, p. 406.