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Greshoff, Maurits


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


Born: 1862, The Hague, Holland. Died: 1909, Haarlem, Holland.



Military dispenser; Pbytochemist of the Botanic Gardens at Buitenzorg, 1888-92 (1891-92 chief of the Pharmacological Laboratory); father of systematic scientific investigations on the chemical properties of Indonesian plants. In 1895 he was appointed Assistant at the Colonial Museum at Haarlem, of which institution he was director from 1901.

Author of many papers on the use and history of economic plants, fish-poisons, etc.1

Canarium greshoffi Koord. was named after him.


Collecting localities:

1889. P. Seriboe (= Duizendeilanden) in the Bay of Batavia.-1891. W. Java: G. Tangkoeban Prahoe and G. Papandajan.



Herb. Bog. [BO]: a few specimens; Herb. Leiden [L]: 55 Fungi.

He made a collection of native medicines and medicinal plants and an additional herbarium of medicinal and poisonous plants.

He is cited by Uittien2 as the collector of Thoracostachyum heyneanum (Back.) Uitt. in Palembang Res., S. Sumatra; the name was misread and rightly should be Grashoff (see there)



(1) e.g. ‘Schetsen van nuttige Indische planten’ (Amsterdam 1894, 60 pl.); ‘Vischvergiften’ I-III (Meded. ’s Lands Pl. Tuin Buitenzorg no 10, 1893, and 29, 1900; Meded. Dept v. Landb. no 17, 1913); ‘Indische vergifrapporten’ (’s-Gravenhage, 1914, 3rd ed.).

(2) cf. Rec. Trav. Bot. néer1. 33, 1936, p. 139.


biographical data:

Ind. Mercuur 1909, p. 959-960; Kew Bull. 1909, p. 424-425; Chem. Weekbl. 7, 1910, p. 231-249; Bull. Kol. Mus. no 45, 1910, p. 13-42 (incl. bibliogr.), and portr. in l.c. no 52, 1913; Encyclop. N.I. 1, 1917; ‘Gedenkschrift 100-jarig Bestaan ’s Lands Plantentuin Buitenzorg op 18 Mei 1917’ p. 11-12; portr. in Ann. Jard. Bot. Buit. 45, 1935, pl. 8; Backer, Verkl. Woordenb., 1936; Ned. Kruidk. Arch. 49, 1939, p. 443; l.c. 50, 1940, p. 191; l.c. 51, 1941, p. 352.


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