Collecting localities



Biographical data


Hose, Reverend George Frederick


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

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


Born: 1838, Cambridge, England. Died: 1922, Guildford, SW of London, England.



Chaplain in Malacca, 1868-73; in Singapore, 1874-81; Bishop of Singapore, Labuan, and Sarawak, 1881-1908. He retired from the East early in 1908.

One of the founders and first President of the Straits Branch of the Roy. Asiatic Society in 1877; author of many papers on ferns.1

The genus Hosea Ridl. and many plant species were named in his honour.


Collecting localities:

In various parts of the Malay Peninsula,2 e.g. Prov. Wellesley (1894), Port Swettenham (Febr. 1904), about Taiping (March 1904).-In NW. Borneo, Sarawak: on Mt Matang (before 1886), on Mt Dulit with Ch. Hose (1894-95),3 and in other places in Sarawak District.



Specially ferns, grasses and sedges.4 The collector’s own set was destroyed by white ants during his absence of leave, but a complete set is in Herb. Sing. [SING]. He distributed duplicates to various herbaria, e.g. Kew [K]: from Borneo and Malaya, 1886-95, 279 nos; Herb. Calcutta [CAL]: specimens of Malay ferns (pres. 1879-80); Herb. Sarawak [SAR]: 72 ferns etc. (pres. 1901 and earlier), 29 + 19 Cyperaceae (coll. with Miss G. Hose, pres. 1903/04) and 29 + 19 Graminae (ditto).

In 1940 his daughter Gertrud had a ‘large’ collection of (living?) ferns from Borneo and Malaya, made by her father, which she presented to the Botanic Gardens at Edinburgh [E] (C.F. Cowan in litt. Feb. 12, 1968).



(1) G.Fr. Hose: ‘A nominal list of the Flora of Mount Kinabalu’ (Journ. As. Soc. Br. N. Borneo 2, Suppl. 1896); ‘Catalogue of the ferns of Borneo and some adjacent islands which have been recorded up to the present time’ (Journ. Str. Br. Roy. As. Soc. no 32, 1899, p. 31-84); ‘List of the ferns of Penrissen’ (l.c. no 33, 1900, p. 25).

(2) cf. Burkill in Gard. Bull. Str. Settlem. 4, 1927, nos 4-5.

(3) cf. Kew Bull. 1896, p. 40.

(4) J.G. Baker: ‘On a collection of ferns made in North Borneo by the Bishop of Singapore and Sarawak’ (Journ. Linn. Soc. Bot. 22, 1886, p. 222-231); ‘On a further collection of ferns from W. Borneo, made by the bishop of Singapore and Sarawak’ (l.c. 24, 1887, p. 256-261); ‘On a third collection of ferns, etc.’ (Journ. Bot. 26, 1888, p. 323-326; cf. also Journ. Bot. 29, 1891, p. 107-108).

H.N. Ridley: ‘Grasses and sedges of Borneo’ (Journ. Str. Br. Roy. As. Soc. no 46, 1906, p. 215-228; incl. coll. Miss G. Hose).


biographical data:

Journ. Str. Br. Roy. As. Soc. no 57, 1911, p. 1-5, w. portr.; l.c. no 86, 1922, p. 395; Journ. Bot. 60, 1922, p. 272-273; Burkill in Gard. Bull. Str. Settlem. 4, 1927, nos 4-5; in Biogr. Index Britten & Boulger, 2nd ed. by Rendle, 1931; Backer, Verkl. Woordenb., 1936.