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



Probably Francis Mason (1741-1805)1 is meant, a gardener of the Roy. Gardens at Kew, who made collecting tours in Africa, Madeira, the Canaries, the Azores, W. India, Portugal, Spain and N. America. He is known to have had a private herbarium (according to Journ. Linn. Soc. Bot. 45, 1920, p. 41-42, the present location of it is unknown). As there are no indications that he visited Sumatra himself, it seems probable that either the statement on Sumatra plants is incorrect, or that the plants were collected by another and inserted in Herb. Masson cf. also sub Mason, Rev. Fr.



According to Lasègue (Mus. Bot. Deless., 1845, p. 328), Sumatra plants of his are in Herb. Sir W.J. Hooker (= Kew [K]).



(1) cf. Biogr. Index Britten & Boulger, 2nd ed. by Rendle, 1931; Backer, Verkl. Woordenb., 1936.