Collecting localities



Walsh-Held, Maria Ernestine


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

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


Born: 1881, Geneva, Switzerland. Died: 1973, Geneva, Switzerland.



Married in Australia; in 1911 she settled at Soekaboemi (W. Java), where she started making entomological collections, at the outset as a favourite pursuit, since 1913, when she became a widow, to make a living. She employed Indonesian collectors too. She travelled over Timor on behalf of a French collector; later she made travels in S. Sumatra and Borneo. In March 1958 she repatriated to Switzerland.

Vernonia walshae Koster and Argyreia walshae Ooststr. were named after her (cf. Backer, Verkl. Woordenb., 1936).


Collecting localities:

1928-29. Dutch Timor (Lesser Sunda Islands): So (Dec. 24, 1928-March 24, 1929); Niki-Niki (March 25); bivouac at Nipol (Apr. 14-20); Niki-Niki (20-24); via Bele-Kot Olim to Kolbano (staying Apr. 28-May 3); back at Niki-Niki (May 5); returning (11) to So via Pene and the Ol Lakoe; to Nenas (21); G. Moetis (24); via Nenas to Bonleo (27), Nol Toko (29), Kefamenanoe (30); Maoebesi (June 2), Manoefoei (3), Soefa (4), Aeroki Beloe (6), Webora (Manado, 7), Alas Zuid Beloe (8), Tobaki (9), Dafala (11), Atamboea (12); Ailomea (Fialaran, 24), Asoemanoe (25); Port. Timor: Balibo (26), Maliana (27), Bobonaro (28), Atsabe (July 1), Letfoho (2), Hatolia (3), Dilly (4).-1937. E. Borneo, see sub At.

In S. Sumatra (Benkoelen and Lampong Districts) to our knowledge no botanical collections were made.



Herb. Brit. Mus. [BM]: 500 nos of Timor plants (the collected fossils in the Brit. Mus. too); Herb. Bog. [BO]: nos 1-517 from Timor, the nos 1-84 for the greater part having been given twice, so the collection really consists of 588 species (purch.); Herb. Berl. [B]: 428 nos from Timor (purch. 1929/30); Herb. Univ. Zrich [Z]: set of Timor plants. The Borneo plants were collected by At (see there); in Herb. Bog. [BO].