Collecting localities



Biographical data


Kelsall, Harry Joseph


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



Colonel of the Royal Artillery; stationed as a lieutenant in Singapore, from where he made several journeys of exploration.

Dendrobium kelsalli Ridl. was named after him.


Collecting localities:

Malay Peninsula. 1891. Bt Etam at the head of the Langat Valley, Selangor (Jan. 1-6, 15-18).1 Accompanying Ridley (see there) on an attempt to reach G. Tahan (June 23-Aug. 19).2-1892. With H.W. Lake (itiner. see there) on the Sembrong Rivers, from Kuala Indau to Batu Pahat (Oct. 15-c. Nov. 6),3 e.g. collecting on G. Janeng (N. Johore).-1892 or 1893 (the latter year, mentioned by Burkill, may be wrong). With H.W. Lake mapping the Sg. Kahang and the Sg. Madek, collecting in the Ulu Kahang.

According to Merrill,4 Kelsall collected Eria pendula Ridl. in NW. Borneo, Sarawak; we do not know data on Borneo trips.



Herb. Sing. [SING].5



(1) H.J. Kelsall: ‘Notes on a trip to Bukit Etam, Selangor’ (Journ. Str. Br. Roy. As. Soc. no 23, 1891, p. 67-75; incl. plant list by Ridley).

(2) H.J. Kelsall: ‘Account of a trip up the Pahang, Tembeling and Tahan Rivers, and an attempt to reach Gunong Tahan’ (l.c. no 25, 1894, p. 33-49; on the vegetation cf. Ridley, l.c. p. 49-56).

(3) H.W. Lake & H.J. Kelsall: ‘A journey on the Sembrong River. From Kuala Indau to Batu Pahat’ (l.c. no 26, 1894, p. 1-24; several lists, including plant list by Ridley, cf. l.c. p. 25-33).

(4) cf. Merrill, Enum. Born. Pl., 1921, p. 173.

(5) cf. several plant lists by H.N. Ridley, mentioned above.


biographical data:

Burkill in Gard. Bull. Str. Settlem. 4, 1927, nos 4-5; Backer, Verkl. Woordenb., 1936.