Collecting localities



Biographical data


Vanoverbergh, Maurice (or Morice)


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

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

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


Born: 1885, Oyghem, Belgium.



Missionary, educated at Scheut (Brussels), ordained priest in 1909 and subsequently leaving for the Philippines in September; from 1909-11 stationed at Bauco and Pugo (Luzon), from 1911-15 at Tubao and Bauco, from 1916-21 at Bangan, from 1921-24 at Tagudin; founded Kabugao Station in 1925; in 1932 at Tagudin; 1933 to Belgium; 1934 back in Luzon, stationed at Apayao, and since 1936 at Sabangan; in 1945 secretary of the bishop, in 1946 replaced at Bauco, Mt.Prov., Luzon.

In 1924 he made an expedition to the Negritos, and visited the U.S.A.

The genus Vanoverberghia Merr. and several plant species were named in his honour.


Collecting localities:

Philippines. Luzon: Bontoc Subprov., Bauco and vicinity (Jan. 1910-Aug. 1911). In 1912 and following years he continued his explorations in Mountain Prov., at Apayao, etc.



Herb. Manila [PNH]: about 3600 nos from Bauco and vicinity (pres. 1910-17);1 Herb. Paris [P]: 820 nos (purch. 1912/13); Herb. Field (= Nat. Hist.) Mus. Chicago [F]: 507 P.I. plants (1913); U.S. Nat. Herb. Wash. [US]: 116 Philip. dupl. (mostly orchids); Herb. Deless. (Geneva [G]): 158 plants of the mountains in N. Luzon ( ? purch. betw. 1916-21); Herb. Vienna [W]: 80 nos (purch. 1915). Other duplicates in Herb. Louvain (Belgium) [LV]; Herb. O. Ames, Cambr., Mass. (orchids) [GH];2 Herb. Lund [LD], Stockholm [S], Berl. [B], and N. Y. Bot. Gard. [NY]; Herb. Leiden [L]: c. 200 Luzon plants (purch. 1917-20); Herb. Utrecht [U]; Herb. Groningen [now in L]: ± 205 nos (purch. 1918-20); 220 dupl. from N. Luzon in Herb. Copenh. [C]; in State Mus. Stockholm [S]: 100 plants from the Philippines. Partly numbered in B.S. series (cf. sub Bur. of Science, Manila).

List of new species and genera discovered, and those not earlier reported, in a paper by E. Quisumbing (see below). 



(1) E.D. Merrill: ‘Sertulum bontocense: New or interesting plants collected in Bontoc Subprovince, Luzon, by Father Morice Vanoverbergh(Philip. Journ. Sci. C. Bot. 7, 1912, p. 71-107 and l.c. 9, 1914, p. 443-459).

(2) Many orchids described by O. Ames.


biographical data:

Backer, Verkl. Woordenb., 1936; inf. in litt. from ‘Missions de Scheut’; Act. Manila 4, 1970, p. 25-51.