Posewitz, Theodor


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

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


Born: 850, Igló = Neudorf, NE of Budapest, Hungary. Died: 1917, Budapest, Hungary.



A medical man, from 1879-84 Military Surgeon in the employ of the D.E. Indian Army and as such stationed in Borneo,1 Java and ? Banka.2 He was almost three years in SE. Borneo, staying for some time in the swamp region near Bandjermasin, for several months in the dry plain near Barabei, at Tewe(h) in hilly country and finally paying a visit to Pengaron and Tanah-Laut. In 1887 he was appointed Geologist in Chief of the Roy. Imp. Geol. Govt Inst. at Budapest.

He is commemorated in Selaginella posewitzii Hieron. (cf. Backer, Verkl. Woordenb., 1936).



According to Backer he is the discoverer of the above-mentioned Selaginella, but the type specimen was collected by C.J. Brooks (see there) and named in the honour of Posewitz.3



(1) Th. Posewitz: ‘Borneo. Entdeckungsreisen and Untersuchungen gegenwärtiger Stand der geologischen Kenntnisse. Verbreitung der nutzbaren Mineralien’ (Berlin 1889); several small papers on Borneo in Nat. Tijdschr. N.I. 1884-85 and in Peterm. Geogr. Mitt. 32-33, 1886-87.

(2) Th. Posewitz: ‘Geologie von Bangka’ (Budapest 1885, w. 2 maps); a small paper on Banka in Nat. Tijdschr. N.I. 44, 1885.

(3) cf. Hedwigia 51, 1912, p. 241.