Collecting localities




Simmonds, N.W.


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

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



Senior Cytogenetist at the Imperial College of Tropical Agriculture, Trinidad, Br. W. Indies, visited Papua and New Guinea, securing seeds and botanical material of wild species of Musa and Ensete, for breeding purposes.1 During his extensive trip to Africa, Asia, and the Pacific, he also visited Malaya and New Britain (Bismarck Archipelago).2

Author of some books on bananas.


Collecting localities:3

Banana Collecting Expedition, 1954-55. 1954. New Britain: Gazelle Peninsula, near Keravat (Nov. 23-Dec. 1); New Ireland, above Laupul (Nov. 26); NE. New Guinea (Terr. of N.G.): Dagua (Dec. 7), Bainyik (8), Sepik Plains (9), Ambunti (10), all in the Sepik area; Madang Distr. and Gogol valley (14-16); Baiyer River valley, Western Highlands (19); middle Markham valley (22), Yalu River near Lae (24), near Lae (26), Lower Markham River valley (28); Wompit, Snake, and Bulolo River, Wau Gorge (28-30); Lae area (30).-1955. Papua: Omati, Gulf Div. (Jan. 14); Middletown, Kikori River (16); Mekeo Distr. (20), Sogeri Plateau (23). Malaya: Ulu Langat near Kuala Lumpur, Selangor (Feb. 10); Ginting Sempak, Selangor (12); Cameron Highlands (16-17); Perak, at Kenayat, Pelang, etc. (23-24); Bau Mpat and Durian Buring, E of Gurum, Kedah (27); Gurum area, Kedah (28); Bukit Lagi, Bt Chuping, Bt Ketri, in Perlis (March 4); in Kelantan (6-9). In Thailand (April); in India, Assam, and Burma (Apr. 26-May).



No dried specimens were made; representative floral parts were collected in spirits, lodged at Kew [K], along with sets of photographs, drawings, museum seed samples, etc. Each collection was assigned a B.E. (Banana Expedition) number.



(1) N.W. Simmonds: ‘Classification of the bananas (Musac.)’ (Kew Bull. 1953, p. 571-574, 1954; incl. 2 n. sp.).

(2) See Newsletter no 1, July 11th, 1955, Dept of Forests, Div. of Botany, p. 4-5.

(3) N.W. Simmonds: ‘Botanical results of the Banana Collecting Expedition, 1954-5’ (Kew Bull. 1956, p. 463-489).