Collecting localities




Burtt, Brian Laurence


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


Born: 1913, Claygate, Surrey, England.



Botanist, B.Sc. London (1936); on the staff of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (1930-51, interrupted by war service 1940-46); at present Principal Scientific Officer Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh. Monographer of Gesneriaceae.1 He visited the Malesian region (see below), Pakistan (1958), South Africa (1965, 1966), and Malawi (1967).


Collecting localities:

1962,2 with P.J.B. Woods (see there). Malay Peninsula: Kuala Lumpur (Apr. 14), Ipoh (19), Perlis (23), Langkawi Is. (Apr. 28-May 3); Sarawak: Kuching area (May 15), Niah caves (June 3), Marudi (10), G. Mulu and Sg. Melinau (12), Lambir Hills (July 4), Kuching area (13), Kapit area (Wong Pelagus on Rejang and S. Bena: July 19), Kuching area and G. Gaharu (30), Lundu distr. G. Gading (Aug. 5); Poi Range, G. Berumput (Aug. 8-17).-1967, with A.M. Martin. Sarawak (July-Oct.):3 Kuching area (July 22-26), Hose Mts (Aug. 2-27), Kuching area (Sept. 7-14); in the 5th Division from Long Semadoh to Bakelakan, G. Murud and return (Sept. 20-Oct. 18).



In Herb. Edinb. [E]: nos Burtt 1603-1823 (Malay Penins. 1962), 1825-2901 (Sarawak 1962),4 4700-5577 (Sarawak 1967); dupl. in Herb. Sarawak [SAR]. Primary objectives of collecting were Gesneriaceae and Zingiberaceae, partly for cultivation.



(1) Author of ‘Studies in the Gesneriaceae of the Old World’ in Notes R. Bot. Gard. Edinb.

(2) ‘Report on B.L. Burtt Gesneriad Hunting Expedition’ (Gloxinian 12, 1962, p. 77-79, 1 map) (n.v.); cf. also map in Notes R. Bot. Gard. Edinb. 29, 1969, p. 142.

(3) Cf. Mimeogr. internal report: ‘Expedition to Sarawak, 1967’ (B.L. Burtt & A.M. Martin), and map in Notes R. Bot. Gard. Edinb. 29, 1969, p. 142.

(4) B.L. Burtt & R.M. Smith: ‘A new species of Zingiberaceae from Sarawak’ (Trans. Bot. Soc. Edinb. 39, 1964, p. 502-511); ‘A new genus of Acanthaceae from Sarawak’ (Notes R. Bot. Gard. Edinb. 26, 1965, p. 325-329); ‘Cosmianthemum: a Bornean genus of Acanthaceae’ (l.c. p. 365-382).

B.L. Burtt: ‘Sarawak Plants’. I (ibid. 29, 1969, p. 141-155, f. 1-6, pl. 5-6); ‘Studies in the Gesneriaceae of the Old World XXXIII. Some species of Cyrtandra, chiefly Bornean’ (ibid. 30, 1970, p. 23-42, 1 fig.).