Collecting localities


Biographical data


Landon, Sylvanus


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

(Source: Flora Malesiana ser. 1, 5: Cyclopaedia of collectors, Supplement I)

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


fl.: 1679-1701.



Surgeon who brought plants to Petiver, from Spain, Azores, Borneo, and Flores (cf. Mus. PETIV., 1695-1703, p. 45, 94; and l.c. 1702, p. 63). 

A. Hamilton (in ‘A New Account of the East Indies’ 2, 1744, p. 144) mentions a Mr Sylvanus Landen, who had been Chief of Borneo and who expressed his astonishment that the English E.I. Company should have settled at Bandjermasin. Possibly identical.

cf. also sub Landman.


Collecting localities:

Settled at Banjar = Bandjermasin, SE. Borneo in 1700 (cf. letter from James Cuninghame to Petiver, Sloane MSS 3321, folio 52, British Museum). The collecting locality ‘Doole’ (see sub S. Landman in Cycl. Fl. Mal. 1, 1, 1950, and sub S. Landon in Suppl. Cycl. ibid. 1, 5, 1958), is rightly the oldest Portuguese settlement in Solor, Lesser Sunda Islands.



Herb. Petiver with Herb. Sloane to Brit. Museum [BM]. Probably also some dupl. from Borneo in Herb. Acad. Sci. Leningrad [LE] (with Petiver plants, pres. before 1768).


biographical data:

Biogr. Index Britten & Boulger in Journ. Sot. 27, 1889, p. 247, and in 2nd ed. by Rendle, 1931.