Collecting localities



Biographical data


Leiberg, John Bernhard


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


Born: 1853, Malmö, Sweden. Died: 1913, Leaburg, Oregon, U.S.A..



Came to the United States (Iowa) as a boy of thirteen; later he moved to the West. For several years he was connected with the U.S. Dept of Agriculture, spending a year (1904) in the Philippine Islands in the employ of the Bureau of Forestry. Later, he spent another year there on his own account, studying the flora. In 1909 he made a trip around the world with his wife, especially visiting the East Indies.

He is commemorated in Habenaria leibergii Ames.


Collecting localities:

Philippines, Luzon: Lamao Forest Reserve (e.g. in July 1904).1-1909. Luzon: Legaspi (Apr.-May), Tignaon Valley (May), Polillo Isl. (May), Lobayet River, Tayabas Prov., Mt Mariveles (July).



Herb. Manila [PNH]: 160 nos from the Lamao Forest Reserve, collected on behalf of the Forestry Bureau. In literature we met with plants of his numbered above 6000, possibly in the For. Bur. series (see there). Evidently he collected mosses too.2

In Herb. Kew [K]: 39 mosses collected by John B. Leiburg in N. America (pres. 1890); the collector’s name was probably misspelled.

His collection of flowering plants was presented to the Univ. of Oregon [ORE], his other collections went to the U.S. Nat. Herb. Washington [US].



(1) cf. Philip. Journ. Sci. 1, 1906, Suppl. 3.

(2) R.S. Williams: ‘Mosses of the Philippine and Hawaiian Islands collected by the late J.B. Leiberg’ (Bull. Torr. Bot. Club 42, 1915, p. 571-577).


biographical data:

Bot. Notiser 1913, p. iv; Bryologist 18, 1915, p. 47-48; Krok, Bibl. Bot. Suec., 1925, p. 386-387.