Collecting localities



Biographical data


Brandes, Elmer Walker


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


Born: 1891, Washington, D.C., U.S.A.



Plant pathologist, educated at Michigan State College (B.S. 1913, M.S. 1915); student at Cornell University (1916-17), and Ph.D. University of Michigan (1919). Up to 1959 he made an impressive career in sugar-plant investigations, mainly of the Dept of Agriculture in Washington. Many were the honours bestowed on him.

He was sponsored by the said Agricultural Department to collect sugar-cane varieties in Australian New Guinea, together with Jeswiet (see Cycl. Fl. Mal. I, 1, 1950) and Pemberton (See this Suppl.). In total 292 varieties were brought home.1


Collecting localities:

1928. E. New Guinea: Fly River, Palmer R., Ok-Tedi R., Strickland R., Lake Murray, Port Moresby, Rigo, Sepik R., Lae.



Jeswiet brought back many herbarium specimens, but whether the other members did, is not known to me.



(1) Cf. Hawaiian Plant. Rec. 55, 1958, p. 213; E.W. Brandes: ‘Into primeval Papua by seaplane’ (Nat. Geogr. Mag. 56, 1929, p. 253-332, ill.); ‘Cane Growers’ Quart. Bull. Brisbane 15, 1951, p. 41-42.


biographical data:

Who was who in America 1961-68, vol. 4; Amer. Men of Science, Phys. & Biol. Vol., ed. 10.