Collecting localities




Burkill, Humphrey Morrison


(Source: Flora Malesiana ser. 1, 5: Cyclopaedia of collectors, Supplement I)

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


Born: 1914, Singapore.



Son of I.H. Burkill (see there), studied natural sciences at Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge University (B.A. 1936, M.A. 1939). From 1938-41 employed by Dunlop Malayan Estates; 1942-45 Military Service; 1946-48 with Dunlop Malayan Estates again; from 1948-54 in the Botanical Division, Rubber Research Institute, Kuala Lumpur; 1954 appointed Assistant Director of Botanic Gardens, Singapore; since 1957 Director. Retired mid-1969; he has now joined the Kew staff under the Bentham-Moxon Trust to revise Dalziel’s ‘Useful Plants of West Africa’.


Collecting localities:

Malay Peninsula. 1955. Pangkor Isl. (July 3-11).-1956. Pulau Satsuma (Raffles Light), Pulau Biola and Pulau Senang (March 30-Apr. 2; Aug. 3-7); Horsburgh Light (June 27-28), P. Pisang (July 6-7); Cameron Highlands, Pahang (Aug. 27-Sept. 10), ascending G. Batu Brinchang; Port Dickson (Aug. 26, Sept. 11-15); P. Angsa and P. Selatan (Nov. 18-22); Sungei Buloh, Selangor (Nov. 23-26).-1957. P. Satuma, P. Senang, etc. (Jan. 30-Feb. 3, Aug. 2-6); Malacca (Apr. 19-20), Fraser’s Hill (Apr. 30-May 4); Thailand, Kanburi Prov. (Nov. 25-27).-1958. P. Satuma, P. Senang, etc. (Feb. 15-19).-1959. Johore (June 21-29, July 13-24); Fraser’s Hill, Pahang (Aug. 25-29) with M. Shah and M. Nur bin Juma(a)t.-1962. Malaya, Singapore, and Java, mainly collecting Algae.-1966. Sarawak: Mersing, Tk. Sari (Jan. 1-3); Malaya: P. Pemanggil, Johore (July 4-10). Certainly at many other places during his stay in Singapore.



Herb. Sing. [SING]: in 1956 amounting to c. 1000 nos, including many marine Algae.

A few pre-1954 collections incorporated in the Rubber Res. Inst.; others in Herb. Sing. [SING].

Dupl. in Herb. Edinb. [E] (acq. 1960).



(1) J.H. Kern: ‘Juncaceae, a new family record for Malaya’ (Gard. Bull. Sing. 17, 1958, p. 91-92).