Collecting localities



Biographical data


Schomburgk, Sir Robert Hermann


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


Born: 1804, Freiburg, Silesia, Germany. Died: 1865, Schöneberg near Berlin, Germany.



Naturalist and explorer who settled in North America about 1828; he set out to the West Indies in 1829, exploring British Guiana and the lower course of the Orinoco from 1835-39;1 from 1840-44 a member of the Committee for border-delimitation between Venezuela and Guiana; knighted in 1844; from 1848-57 British Consul in San Domingo, and from 1857-64 ditto at Bangkok, Siam; subsequently returned to Europe.

He is commemorated in the genus Schomburgkia Lindl. and in many plant species.


Collecting localities:2

1857. Early in the year, on the way to Bangkok, collecting in Penang and Singapore.



Herb. Kew [K], including Malayan plants; Herb. Berl. [B]: 226 nos from Siam and Singapore. Duplicates in Herb. Paris [P]; plants from Brit. Guiana in Herb. Brit. Mus. [BM] too.



(1) R.H. Schomburgk: ‘A description of British Guiana, geographical and statistical, etc.’ (London 1840); ‘Reisen in Guiana and am Orinoko während der Jahre 1835-39, etc.’ (Leipzig 1841).

Also data on his trips in Brit. Guiana in Lasègue, Mus. Bot. Deless., 1845, p. 216-219, and in Urban, Symbol. Antill. 3, 1902/03, p. 121-123.

(2) cf. Burkill in Gard. Bull. Str. Settlem. 4, 1927, nos 4-5.


biographical data:

Bot. Zeitung 23, 1865, p. 131-132; Dict. Nat. Biogr. 50, p. 437; Urban, Symb. Antill. 3, 1902-03, p. 121-123; Wittrock, Icon. Bot. Berg., 1903, p. 97; J.D. Milner, Catalogue portraits at Kew, 1906, p. 96; 3rd Suppl. Biogr. Index Britten & Boulger in Journ. Bot. 46, 1908, p. 13 and in 2nd ed. by Rendle, 1931; Backer, Verkl. Woordenb., 1936; Kerr in Journ. Thail. Res. Soc. Nat. Hist. Suppl. 12, 1939, p. 11-13.