Collecting localities



Biographical data


Hose, Charles


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

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


Born: 1863, Willian, Hertfordshire, England. Died: 1929, Croydon, London, England (C.F. Cowan in litt. Feb. 12, 1968).



Son of Rev. T.C. Hose (a brother of Bishop Hose). Went to Cambridge University, but left in the second year without a degree to accept a Cadetship in Sarawak, under Rajah Sir Brooke (through the intermediary of his uncle Rev. G.Fr. Hose). He was stationed in the Baram District, after some time (1888) officer in charge of the same district; he served 20 years at Baram and 3 at Sibu (on the Rejang River), retiring in 1907. In 1900 he was awarded the Honorary Degree of D. Sc.

He made zoological investigations, publishing some papers on the same; author of some books on Borneo.1

Some plants were named after him.


Collecting localities:

Febr. 4, 1884 sailing for NW. Borneo, Sarawak: arriving at Kuching (Apr. 15) and proceeding to Baram District.-1891. Setting out with A.H. Everett (see there) (Sept. 14) via the Baram River and the Tinjar to Long Sukong (17); climbing Mt Dulit (starting the 21st, Oct. 13 reaching the summit, on the 26th descending again).2-1893. Visiting Mt Dulit again.-1894. Mt Dulit with Rev. G.F. Hose; Mt Mulu(d); Long Lama (Oct.).-1895. Mt Dulit with Rev. G.F. Hose; Mt Lambia with Haviland (May 21). Sept. 16 via Labuan (trip to P. Papan near the harbour) and Sandakan (26) to N. Celebes: Manado (Oct. 3); Tondano (visiting the lake), Mt Masarang (several days), Rurukan (few days), Tomohon; Sangihe and Talaud Islands: resp. at Terona (= Tahoena) and Lero(e)ng; back to N. Celebes: Manado, revisiting Rurukan,3 leaving for Borneo on Nov. 10.-1898. NW. Borneo, Sarawak: near the Madang Country (Nov.), between the headwaters of the Batang Kayang, Rejang and Baram rivers; Silat River; Lata River; Long Purau; visiting limestone caves on the Niah River many times.4-1900. Return from European leave to Sarawak.-After his retirement, revisiting Sarawak in 1920.



Herb. Brit. Mus. [BM]: 26 cryptogams from Sarawak (pres. 1894), 1631 nos from Borneo and N. Celebes (purch. 1900, 1902).5 Dupl. from the Brit. Mus. in Herb. Manila [PNH]. In Herb. Berl. [B]: 675 nos from Sarawak, 43 nos from N. Celebes (pres. 1894-95); Herb. Leiden [L]: dupl. Sarawak, etc. He also collected with Haviland and G.F. Hose (see those). In Herb. Sarawak [SAR]: coll. Haviland & HOSE (pres. 1901).



(1) Ch. Hose: ‘Fifty years of romance and research or a Jungle-wallah at large’ (London; incl. appendices on collections, publications, etc.); ‘Natural Man. A record from Borneo’ (London 1926; with preface by Prof. Elliot and portr.); ‘The Field Book of a Jungle Wallah, being a description of shore, river and forest life in Sarawak’ (London 1929); ‘Pagan tribes of Borneo’ (with MacDougall, 1912, 2 vols).

(2) Ch. Hose: ‘A journey up the Baram River and the highlands of Borneo’ (Geogr. Journ. Lond. 1, 1893, p. 193-208).

(3) Ch. Hose: ‘A visit to Celebes’ (Sarawak Gazette 26, 1896, p. 75-77, 99 seq.).

(4) Ch. Hose: ‘In the heart of Borneo’ (Geogr. Journ. Lond. 16, 1900, p. 39-59).

(5) cf. Monocotyledons by Rendle in Journ. Bot. 39, 1901, p. 173-179.

Ferns by J.G. Baker in ‘On a further collection of ferns from W. Borneo, made by the bishop of Singapore and Sarawak’ (Journ. Linn. Soc. Bot. Lond. 24, 1887, p. 256-261).

Mosses by H.N. Dixon in Journ. Bot. 79, 1941, p. 57-62, 72-77.


biographical data:

In Ch. Hose, Fifty years etc.; portr. in Ch. Hose, Natural Man, 1926; Journ. Bot. 67, 1929, p. 344; Backer, Verkl. Woordenb., 1936.