Collecting localities



Biographical data


Cordes, Jan Willem Hugo


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


Born: 1836, Amsterdam, Holland. Died: 1906, Apeldoorn, Gld, Holland.



Since 1857 in the employ of the D.E. Indian Forest Service, commissioned to Sumatra West Coast (1865) etc.; appointed Inspector of the above-mentioned Service in 1877, and afterwards Chief Inspector. In 1887 he returned to Europe; retired in 1890.

Author of some papers relating to forestry, among which is a standard work on teak.1


Collecting localities:

Centr. Java: Kendal, in teak forest between Bodja and Kaliwoengoe. -Sumatra West Coast.2 In this residency he made explorations in Priaman Distr., the southern division of Padang, the XIII and IX Kotta’s, part of Tanah-Datar Distr. and Agam. In the below-mentioned references, no dates or chronological itineraries are given.



Herb. Bog. [BO]; from the 63 nos he originally collected in the teak forests of Kendal, 28 are still preserved in Herb. Bog.3

He collected in Sumatra too; living plants from Sumatra West Coast in Hort. Bog. (pres. early in 1866).



(1) ‘De djatibosschen op Java’ (Batavia 1881); some papers in Ind. Gids, vol. 11 and 12, on the mountains of Pasoeroean and on Priangan Residency.

(2) J.W.H. Cordes: ‘Verslag over een bewerkstelligd onderzoek naar den toestand en de ligging der bosschen en het daarin voorkomen van bruikbare timmerhoutsoorten over een gedeelte van Sumatra’s Westkust’ (Tijdschr. Nijverh. & Landb. N.S. vol. 9, 1869, p. 101-200); ‘Herinneringen aan Sumatra’s Westkust’ I-II (l.c. 15, 1874, p. 289-369 and 16, 1875, p. 1-84).

(3) cf. Beumée in Tectona 12, 1919, p. 157-165, and list on p. 204-205.


biographical data:

Ind. Gids 19062, p.1094-1095; Encyclop. N.I. 1, 1917.