Collecting localities



Biographical data


Karsten, George Henry Hermann


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


Born: 1863, Rostock, Germany. Died: 1937, Halle, Germany.



Botanist, educated at Rostock (Ph. Dr 1885). He travelled to the Dutch East Indies (see below), and in 1894 to Mexico. On his return from the Indies he was appointed University Lecturer at Kiel; Extraordinary Professor at Bonn (1899-1909) ; Professor in the University of Halle, 1909-29.

His visit to the Malay region resulted in many papers.1

Several plants were named after him.


Collecting localities:

From Nov. 1888-March 1890 staying in the D.E.I., for several months working in the Foreigners’ Laboratory at Buitenzorg.2 Most of the collecting was done in the year 1889, viz in the following localities: N. Celebes, Minahassa; Moluccas: principally in Ambon, Buru and Ceram; W. Java: G. Guntur, Situgunung; Centr. Java: Tjilatjap and Nusa Kambangan. On the voyage home Singapore was touched at.



 Many mosses and hepatics;3 phanerogams too. Herb. ? Rostock [according to Index Herbariorum: HAL]. He presented living plants and seeds to Hort. Bog.4 Some alcohol material in Herb. Leiden [L].



(1) G. Karsten: ‘Ueber die Mangrove-Vegetation im Malayischen Archipel’ (Vorl. Mitt. in Ber. D.B.G. 8, 1890, Gen. Vers. Heft p. (49)-(56); Bibl. Bot. no 22, 1891, 71 pp.); ‘Morphologische and Biologische Untersuchungen ueber einige Epiphytenformen der Molukken’ (Ann. Jard. Bot. Buit. 12, 1895, p. 117-195); ‘Vegetationsbilder aus dem Malayischen Archipel’ (Karsten u. Schenck, Vegetationsbilder 1. Reihe, Heft 2, 1903, Taf. 7-12); ‘Mangrove Vegetation’ (in l.c. 2. Reihe, Heft 2, Taf. 7-12): ‘Asiatische Epiphyten’ (in l.c. 14. Reihe, Heft 1, Taf. 1-6); ‘Java’, ‘Vegetation der Molukken’ and ‘Der botanische Garten zu Buitenzorg’ (Fedde Repert. 14, 1916, p. 204-207, 207-208, 319-320; in Fedde’s Lichtbilder zur Pflanzengeographie and Biologic, Reihe 73-74, nos 361-370); etc.

(2) cf. Dammerman in Ann. Jard. Bot. Buit. 45, 1935, p. 14-15; and van Steenis in l.c. p. 66, 74, 82, 86, 91.

In the geographic names of the collecting localities, the German ‘u’ is used instead of the Dutch ‘oe’.

(3) Hepaticae by Schiffner in Nova Act. Leop. vol. 60, no 2.

(4) cf. Verkl. Pl. Tuin Buitenzorg for 1889, p. 48-49, 61-62; cf. also Icon. Bogor t. 114B.


biographical data:

Who’s who 1913; portr. and bibliogr. in Festschrift z. 70. jährigen Geburtstag (Flora 128, 1933), p. 361-363; Backer, Verkl. Woordenb., 1936; Ber. D.B.G. 55, 1938, Gen. Vers. Heft p. (220)-(230) w. portr. and bibliogr.; Chron. Bot. 4, 1938, p. 176-177 + portr. (p. 175).