Collecting localities



Biographical data


Edelfelt, E.G.


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

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



Possibly the son of Erik Gustaf Edelfelt, a ship’s captain who traded to Australia, Callao, etc., in an Indiaman he bought in 1867.5

About 1880 forestaller of products and Agent of the English Government at Toaripi (= Motumotu) in SE. New Guinea; in 1885 he was mentioned by F. von Mueller as an emissary of Thomas Gulliver of Townsville who made large monetary sacrifices, to obtain some new scientific material from New Guinea; part of 1886 and the whole of 1887 he resided at Motumotu on the entrance of Williams River in the Papua Gulf; about 1888 Government-Agent at Samarai.

Several plants were named after him.


Collecting localities:

SE. New Guinea.1 1884. Embarking at Townsville (May 25); Thursday Isl. (29); Port Moresby, setting out (June 27) on an expedition to the Astrolabe Range, visiting Gemenoma Valley; Narianumu, NW. spur, Tabori Distr.; collecting Quercus gulliveri and Grevillia edelfeltii; Rona Falls in the Laloki River; back at Port Moresby (Sept. 18); Narianumu (27). In Nov. setting out on a 2nd expedition, aiming the ascent of Mt Yule (Kowio); sailing from Port Moresby (Oct. 17) to Maiva, Hula (Hood Point), Keppel Point (Aroma), Davitt River, Beleropu, Aroma (25), Kerepuna (29-Nov. 2), Kalo (Kemp Welch), Hula (28); subsequently returning (Dec. 8) without having accomplished the original object.-1887. With some French friars of the mission Sacré-Coeur, in August exploring the neighbourhood of Mt Yule: Inawabui Village, Eboa, Bebeo, Rarai (15-17), St Joseph River; the plan to ascent Mt Yule fell through again.



Herb. Melbourne [MEL]: > 33 nos; in Herb. Decand. (Geneva [G]): e.g. Aglaia edelfeldti C.DC. from Port Moresby. He collected ferns too,2 some preserved in Herb. Bonaparte (= Paris [P]). Plants of his were described by F. von Mueller;3 some orchids by Kränzlin.4 More than 222 nos; Herb. Copenh. [C]: dupl. Scitamineae.



(1) E.G. Edelfelt: ‘Anteckningar från en resa till Nya Guinea’ (Ymer. 7, Stockholm 1886, p. 148-159); ‘Resor i Brittiska Nya Guinea’ (l.c. 9, 1889, p. 147-167); ‘Notes on New Guinea’ (Proc. & Transact. Queensl. Br. Roy. Geogr. Soc. Australasia 32, 1887/88, p. 92-102).

(2) cf. Ann. Rep. Brit. N.G. for 1893/94, Brisbane 1894, p. 126.

(3) in Descr. Not. Pap. Pl., pts 6-8; in Vict. Naturalist 1, 1885, p. 167-168, and in l.c. 3, 1886, p. 45-52; in Austr. Journ. Pharm. Apr. 1886.

(4) in Oesterr. Bot. Zeitschr. 44, 1894, p. 421, 460, 461.

(5) Cf. ‘Kapten E.G. Edelfelt och hans enskilda affärer. En utredning etc.’ (Stockholm 1895).


biographical data:

Backer, Verkl. Woordenb., 1936.