Prayan or Prayon, Franciscus Albertus


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


Died: June 21, 1765, Batavia, Java.



Is certainly identical with the mysterious collector Pryon (cf. Fl. Mal. 1, p. 418) on whom no data could be found. According to the ship’s muster-roll1, Prayan, a native of Cologne (Germany), sailed to the East Indies for the Chamber Amsterdam of the East India Company, on December 7, 1756. In 1759 he was third physician at Batavia.



Possibly labelled Pryon, and collected about 1759-64; they were sent to N.L. Burman.

In Herb. Burman = Deless. (Geneva [G]).



(1) Amsterdam no 884 in the Alg. Rijksarchief, The Hague. As the names were written down from hearing, there is no conclusive proof that Prayan, and not Prayon, is the right name.

(2) In a MS concept letter to PRAYAN at Batavia, dated April 17, 1764, Burman thanks him for the seeds and plants sent from East India and asks for more material for his Flora Indica (S 48b, p. 3 in Un. Library Amsterdam).