Collecting localities



Biographical data


Evans, Ivor Hugh Norman


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

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

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


Born: 1886, Cambridge, England. Died: May 1957, Labuan, off NW. Borneo.



Came to Southeast Asia in 1910 in the service of the Chartered Company of British North Borneo. In April 1912 appointed Assistant Curator and Ethnographical Assistant at the Perak Museum, Taiping, Malaya; from 1920 Ethnographer at the Federated Malay States Museum. After his retirement (1932) he settled for a time in Suffolk, but returned to Kota Belud in Borneo in 1938, resuming serious anthropological work with a study of the religion of the Dusuns; interned during the war. After 1945 the greater part of his life was spent in Labuan, but following 1946 he returned for a period to Kota Belud.

Author of many ethnological publications.1

Ridley named some plants after him, e.g. Crudia and Eugenia evansii.


Collecting localities:2

Malay Peninsula. 1917. Pahang: limestone rocks at Kota Tongkat (June), Kuala Tekam, and G. Sennyum (= Sinyum) (June, July); mouth of the Pahang River (July), Pekan, Lower Rompin River and at Leban Chondong (July), Endau River (Aug.).-According to Mr Holttum he collected on Kedah Peak too; date unknown to me.-1923. Ascent of G. Benom, Pahang, from the west (March-Apr.).3



From at least 1914 onwards in Malaya, partly with FMS nos

Herb. Kew [K]: from the Malay Peninsula (pres. 1919). Some plants were collected in Borneo. A few plants from G. Benom in Herb. Sing. [SING] (on loan from the F.M.S. Museum, Kuala Lump.).

Leenhouts, when revising Burseraceae, found material collected by him in Borneo, at Kota Belud, in July 1940.



(1) Principally in the Journ. Fed. Mal. Stat. Mus. and of two books: ‘Among primifive peoples in Borneo’ (London 1922); ‘Religion, folklore and custom in N. Borneo and the Malay Peninsula’ (Cambr. Univ. Press 1923).

(2) cf. Burkill in Gard. Bull. Str. Settlem. 4, 1927, nos 4-5.

(3) I.H.N. Evans: ‘An expedition to Gunong Benom’ (Journ. Fed. Mal. Stat. Mus. 12, 1924, p. 1-7).


biographical data:

Sarawak Mus. J. 8 (n.s. 11), 1958, p. xviii-xx; J. Mal. Br. R. As. Soc. 33, 1960, p. 109-110.