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Gleason, Henry Allan


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

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


Born: 1882, Dalton City, Ill., U.S.A. Died: 1975.



Botanist, from 1900-1910 in Illinois; Assistant and later Associate Professor of Botany in the University of Michigan (1910-19), who took his degree in 1906 at Columbia University. He visited Buitenzorg and Tjibodas in W. Java (Dec. 1913-Febr. 1914). He spent his time mainly in surveying tropical plant-life and the culture and use of food crops. He brought together much photographic and other material for educational purposes.1 He visited the Philippines too,2 and besides, Japan and Ceylon. Since 1919 on the staff of the New York Botanic Garden, since 1935 Deputy Director of that institution. He retired in 1951.

He is commemorated in Aegiphila gleasonii Mold. and other plants.


Collecting localities:2

Philippines, Luzon (Oct. 6-Nov. 16): arrival at Manila (Oct. 6, 1913), Los Baños (17-23), Mt Maquiling, trip on Laguna de Bay as far as Paete and thence by canoe to Pagsajan, the gorge, etc.; by rail to Tanauan, and Bombon Lake (Banadero) (24); by native boat to Taal Volcano (on small island in the lake); Mindanao: near Zamboanga (Nov. 20-Dec. 5); W. Java (Dec. 19, 1913-Febr. 19, 1914): Tandjong Priok, Batavia, Buitenzorg (Bot. Gardens, Economic Garden), Mountain Garden at Tjibodas; leaving for Ceylon.



No herbarium material; ecological and botanical museum material.



(1) cf. Dammerman in Ann. Jard. Bot. Buit. 45, 1935, p. 40.

(2) H.A. Gleason: ‘Botanical sketches from the Asiatic Tropics II. The Philippines’ (Torreya 15, 1915, p. 117-133, 139-153, fig. 1-11); ‘ditto III. Java’ (l.c. 15, 1915, p. 161-175, 187-202, 233-244, fig. 12-27).


photo gallery:

B. Maguire. 1975. Henry Allen Gleason, January 2, 1881 – April 21, 1975.

Torreya 102: 274—277