Collecting localities



Biographical data


Frey-Wyssling, Albert Friedrich


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

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


Born: 1900, Küssnacht near Zürich, Switzerland.



Plant physiologist, educated at the Technical College, Zürich, and at the universities of Geneva, Jena and Paris (Ph. Dr Zürich 1924); from 1928-32 Botanical Assistant at the General Experiment Station of the A.V.R.O.S. at Medan (Sumatra East Coast); later replaced as University Lecturer and Assistant of the Botanical Institute of the Polytechnical College at Zürich; since 1938 appointed Professor. Dr. h.c. at Nijmegen, Netherlands.

Rhododendron frey-wysslingii J.J.Sm. was named after him; he was the discoverer of some new orchids, which were described by J.J. Smith too.


Collecting localities:

1929. Sumatra East Coast: Harangaol on Toba Lake (Dec. 29), 900 m alt.-1930. Dolok Pintau near Brastagi (Febr. 26); kp. Baroe near Medan; Dolok Baros; N. Sumatra, Gajo Lands: Takengeun (=Takengon or Takingeun) and neighbourhood (June 12-24), collecting in the rice fields, bloekar, and at Paja hilang near kp. Beubasan, on Boer ni Telong (2600 m) (June 16), and Boer ni Popandji (1895 m) (22);1 W. Sumatra, Tapanoeli: Habinsaran (c. 1000 m) (Dec. 28).2-1931. Sumatra East Coast: vicinity of Prapat3 and Toba Lake (Apr. 1-6); Sumatra West Coast etc.: Taroetoeng (in Tapanoeli Res., July 26); Peak of Kerintji (Juli 30-Aug. 4);4 Sumatra East Coast: G. Sibajak, G. Piso-Piso, G. Sinaboeng, Padang Lawas (Dec. 22).5 In this year he paid a visit to Java, but no collecting was done.-1932. Sumatra East Coast: Sg. Pantjar. Returning to Zürich by way of the Philippines, Japan and the U.S.A.



Herb. Bog. [BO]: nearly 300 plants from Sumatra; the numbering starting several times with 1, so identical nos from different places; the highest number given is 196. From above-mentioned localities in Herb. Zürich [Z] and Leiden [L].



(1) A.F. Frey-Wyssling: ‘Over de vegetatie van den Boer ni Telong en omstreken in de Gajolanden (Noord Sumatra)’ (Trop. Nat. 20, 1931, p. 37-49, 16 fig.).

(2) A.F. Frey-Wyssling: ‘Over de struikwildernis van Habinsaran’ (l.c. p. 194-198, 4 fig.).

(3) A.F. Frey-Wyssling: ‘Over de oeverflora van Prapat in het Tobameer’ (l.c. 21, 1932, p. 73-78, 6 fig.).

(4) A.F. Frey-Wyssling: ‘Over de flora van den Pick van Kerintji (3800 m)’ (l.c. 22, 1933, p. 1-10, 13 fig.).

(5) A.F. Frey-Wyssling: ‘Over de zandsteppen van Kota Pinang ter Oostkust van Sumatra’ (l.c. p. 69-72, 3 fig.).


biographical data:

Backer, Verkl. Woor-denb., 1936; Neujahrsbl. Naturf. Ges. Zürich for 1947, 149, 1946, p. 108-109 + portr.