Collecting localities



Biographical data


Leefmans, Salomon


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

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


Born: 1884, Leeuwarden, Fr., Holland. Died: 1954, Haarlem, Holland.



A zealous lover of nature who was unable to attend college for financial reasons, but nevertheless succeeded in acquiring a considerable knowledge of natural history, especially entomology. From 1911-12 Zoolog-ical Assistant of the Deli Experiment Station (Medan, Sumatra); in 1912 he came to Java as Entomologist in the employ of the H.V.A. (Handelsvereeniging Amsterdam), stationed at Bendo Redjo Estate near Blitar (E. Java); since the end of 1914 on the staff of the Institute for Plant Diseases at Buitenzorg (W. Java), since 1927 chief of the same institution. In 1928 he got a honorary Dr’s degree at Wageningen Agricultural College. He was pensioned off in 1934, returned to Holland, and was appointed Lecturer in Applied Entomo-logy in the University of Amsterdam in 1937.


Collecting localities:

E. Java: G. Tengger, Tosari and G. Bromo (Apr. 1913 or 1914).1-W. Java: G. Patoeha and Telaga Patengan (March 1916); Soekasari (March 1916).-Sumatra West Coast: G. Singgalang (Apr. 14, 1918.)-Centr. Java: Klaten (Aug. 1922).-1924. SW. Celebes: Makassar, Maros and Bantimoeroeng (Apr.);2 SE. Borneo: Balikpapan (Apr. 14); N. Celebes: Manado (Apr.); Talaud (P. Karakelong) & Sangir (= Sangihe) Islands (P. Sangihe, at Tahoena or Taroena and Petak) (Apr. 23-May 7). - SW. Celebes: Makassar, Maros and Bantimoeroeng (Apr. 1925).2

Besides he collected at Poerworedjo (Kedoe) in Centr. Java and at Lampegan, G. Rosa Estate in W. Java; respectively in 1923 and 1915.

He made an excursion to the Duizendeilanden in the Bay of Batavia, N of W. Java;3 probably no collections were made. He visited Tjibodas (W. Java) many times.



Herb. Bog. [BO]: > 33 nos, incl. 22 nos from Poerworedjo (Kedoe), Centr. Java; Herb. Pasoer. [PAS now in BO]: many plants from Talaud & Sangihe Islands, of which partly duplicates in Herb. Bog. [BO], and Leiden [L].



(1) S. Leefmans: ‘Van Tosari en het Tengger gebergte’ (Trop. Nat. 3, 1914, p. 45-47, 81-88, w. fig.); ‘Naar het Bromobosch en den vulkaan Bromo’ (l.c. p. 76-80, 4 fig.).

(2) S. Leefmans: ‘Herinneringen aan het natuurmonument Bantimoeroeng bij Makassar’ (l.c. 16, 1927, p. 93-101, 8 fig.).

(3) S. Leefmans: ‘Een excursie naar de Duizendeilanden’ (l.c. 9, 1920, p. 141-148, 4 fig.; under the pseudonym ‘Landrot’).


biographical data:

Landbouw 4, 1928/29, p. 499-500 and l.c. 9, 1933/34, p. 577-581; Wie is dat? 1935; Persoonlijkheden in Nederland, 1938; Vakbl. Biol. 34, 1954, p. 21-23; Tijdschr. Plantenziekten 60, 1954, p. 67 seq.; Entom. Ber. 15, 1954, p. 65-132; Peng. Alam 34, 1954, p. 3-5, with portr.; in F.I. Brouwer: ‘Leven en werken van E. Heimans’ (thesis, J.W. Wolters, Groningen, 1958) p. 106-107.