Biographical data


Förstermann, Ignatz F.


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


Born: 1854, Coblenz, Germany. Died: 1895, Newton. N.Y., U.S.A.



About 1880-86 plant collector in the employ of the firm of Sander & Sons at St Albans near London; afterwards manager of its branch at Summit, New Jersey, U.S.A. He started for India in 1881, and visited Burma, the Malay Archipelago, and the Philippines.

Coelogyne foerstermanni Rchb. f. was named after him.



Evidently from Assam, and NW. Borneo (spring 1886) (Sarawak, ferns and orchids).1 In Herb. Vienna [W] (with Herb. Reichenbach): orchids from S. Celebes (Malacca); of course this statement is false, there are three possibilities, viz he collected in Malacca, and S. Celebes was misread for a locality there, or the reverse (Malacca may be rightly Makassar!), and the 3rd that he collected in Celebes and Malacca; this question cannot be settled here, as further data are still lacking. In Gartenflora 44, 1895, p. 463 he is said to have collected in Sumatra.



(1) cf. J.G. Baker in Journ. Linn. Soc. 24, 1888, p. 256-261; and J.J. Smith in Bull. Jard. Bot. Buit. sér. 3, vol. 9, 1928, p. 490 (sub Vanda hastifera Rchb. f.).


biographical data:

Orch. Review 3, 1895, p. 134; Gartenflora 44, 1895, p. 463; Backer, Verkl. Woordenb., 1936.