Collecting localities



Biographical data


Janowski (or Janowsky), R. Fr.


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


Born: 1880, Mieschitz, Austria.



Temporary Military Surgeon in the D.E.I. Army (1911-14), was attached to the Exploration Detachment in New Guinea,1 from May 1912-Febr. 1914. From the 2nd half of 1913-1914 he was assisted by the Indonesian collector Kornassi (see there).

Several plants were named after him.


Collecting localities:

Dutch N. New Guinea. 1912. In June exploring: E. coast Geelvink Bay, Moesairo, P. Mambor, Manokwari, Legarè (or Legarei) River; in July: Siriwo River, Giriwo River; Manokwari (Aug.).2 Sept. 28-Nov.: S. coast Geelvink Bay, basin of the Wanggar River, penetrating into the Weijland Mts to 2190 m alt.; march to Hamoekoe, W of the Wanggar mouth and following the Baboeroema River and the middle course of the Wamma River to kp. Kapoerara.3-1913. Apr.-June: basin of the Wanggar River, kp. Oewapa at 2100 m alt. (June 10), proceeding to the highest summit of the Jabi (= Weijland) Mts (3720 m); for want of guides the party went astray on the road back, and all goods which could be dispensed with, were left behind; beach Geelvink Bay (June 26).4 Manokwari (several times in Aug.-Nov.); Mamberamo River (Sept.-Oct.); P. Koeroedoe (Oct.); Toronta (Dec.).-1914. In Jan. E of the Mamberamo : Koeria and Bonggo, Tarvia and Armopa.2



Herb. Bog. [BO]: New Guinea nos 1-637 (coll. 1912-14, incl. 20 from Koeroedoe) (nos 219-300 are wanting in the list preserved at Buitenzorg) + material in alcohol; dupl. in Herb. Leiden [L] and Utrecht [U].

Hort. Bog.: 200 living New Guinea plants, attended to by Korna(s)si (see there).5 



(1) cf. ‘De uitkomsten der verrichtingen van de militaire exploratie in Ned. Nieuw Guinea (Voorl. uitg.)’ (Results obtained by military exploration work in Dutch New Guinea, Prelim. Stat.) (in Meded. Encyclop. Bur. no 11, 1916, 35 pp. w. map); ‘Verslag van de militaire exploratie van Ned. Nieuw Guinea, 1907-15’ (Weltevreden 1920; incl. botany!).

(2) Data extracted from the list of the collection, which is preserved in the Buitenzorg Herbarium.

(3) cf. Tijdschr. K.N.A.G. 1913, p. 532-533 and Versl. Milit. Expl. l.c. p. 59-60.

(4) cf. Tijdschr. K.N.A.G. 1913, p. 795-796 and Versl. Milit. Expl. l.c. p. 61-62.

(5) cf. Versl. Milit. Expl. l.c. p. 350.

Many orchids described by J.J. Smith in the series ‘Vorläufige Beschreibung Papuanischer Orchideen’; other plants in Nova Guinea vol. 12, and in the ‘Beitr. Flora Papuasiens’ (Engl. Bot. Jahrb. 1912→).


biographical data:

Backer, Verkl. Woordenb., 1936.