Collecting localities



Biographical data


Stomps, Theodoor Jan


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

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


Born: 1885, Amsterdam, Holland. Died: 1973, Amsterdam, Netherlands.



Studied biology in the University of Amsterdam, taking his Ph. Dr’s degree in 1910; he was appointed Extraordinary Professor of Cytology at Amsterdam in 1910, Professor of Botany ín 1919, and Director of the Botanic Garden there ín 1924. After World War II he was deprived of his office.

He paid a visit to Ceylon and the Dutch East Indies in 1923, occupying himself chiefly with the fixation of material for embryological and cytological investigations in the Foreigners’ Laboratory at Buitenzorg.1

Most of his papers deal with heredity. One publication published on his voyage to the tropics deals with Ceylon,2 another with the tree limit in the tropics.3


Collecting localities:

June-Oct. 1923. W. Java: spending a great deal of his time at Buitenzorg in the Botanic Garden; the Mountain Garden at Tjibodas; Bandoeng and environs; Garoet, G. Papandajan; the south coast; the coral reefs in the Bay of Batavia; Centr. Java; E. Java: Pasoeroean, Idjen Plateau, Tengger Mts. He also made a trip through Sumatra, collecting in West Coast: at Poentjak Boekit near Lake Manindjau (Sept. 28); Karbouwengat, Fort de Kock (29); Pajakoemboeh near Kloof van Harau and Aer Poetih (30); and in Sumatra East Coast: Medan, Deli, Padang Boelan, fallow tobacco fields (Oct. 11); Medan, Deli, Tjinta radja (11-12); Medan, Deli, Loeboek Dalem (l2); going from Brastagi via Kabandjahe to Kota Tjane along the Alas Road, on G. Sibajak (up to the summit), and in the Sibolangit Garden (no dates mentioned).



Herb. Amsterdam [AMD]: c. 270 nos from Sumatra (59 from the West Coast, 212 from the East Coast); probably from Java too. The Sumatra collection is not yet inserted in the General Herbarium, and was recently preliminary identified by Dr C.G.G.J. van Steenis.



(1) cf. Dammerman in Ann.Jard. But. Buit. 45, 1935, p. 45-46; and Boedijn in l.c. p. 107, 110.

(2) Th.J. Stomps: ‘Patana’s, alpine Grassfluren auf Ceylon’ (Veröff. Geobot. Inst. Rübel, Zürich 1925, p. 252-264).

(3) Th.J. Stomps: ‘Baumgrenze and Klima-Charakter in den Tropen’ (Verh. Klimatol. Tagung, Davos 1925).


biographical data:

Levende Natuur 41, 1936, p. 1 -I- portr.; Wie is dat? ed. 1-4; portr. in Chron. Bot. 1, 1935, p. 27; Ned. Kruidk. Arch. 49, 1939, p. 449; l.c. 50, 1940, p. 201; l.c. 51, 1941, p. 370; Vakbl. Biol. 53, 1973, p. 223-224, portr.