Collecting localities



Biographical data


Weiss, Emanuel


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

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


Born: 1835, Rokitnitz, Bohemen, Austria.

Died: May 25, 1870, o/b the corvette ‘Friedrich’)1



Naval Surgeon on the Austrian expedition in the ‘Donau’ and ‘Friedrich’, 1869-70. Early in May 1870 he made an inland excursion in Singapore Island; after his return he committed suicide as a result of some brain disease.


Collecting localities:

Expedition in the ‘Donau’ and ‘Friedrich’, 1869-70. See sub Wawra. The ‘Friedrich’ on which Weiss embarked, parted with the ‘Donau’ at Yokohama, the former being ordered to operate in Chinese waters. According to Wawra the ‘Friedrich’ was delayed for a long time at Singapore.



He collected in Japan, Hongkong, and the Philippines (Luzon, at Manila and Laguna de Bay). In the cited biography it is mentioned that Weiss wrote in his will to sell his herbarium either to Dr Scheffer at Buitenzorg or to Dr Fenzl at Vienna. At the time of his death the Hungarian naturalist von Xantus was in Singapore, and bought it for the Pester Museum (= Budapest [BP]) (c. 5000 nos), and promised to give duplicates to Vienna. Evidently plants were presented to Herb. Bog. [BO] too in 1870; they were numbered in the H.B. series of that Herbarium. In Herb. Berlin [B]: plants from Hongkong.2 A set was presented to the Herb. Bot. Zool. Soc. Vienna.3 In Herb. Leiden [L]: 50 fern dupl. (pres. by Budapest).



(1) cf. Wawra in Oesterr. Bot. Zeitschr. 21, 1871, p. 359-360.

(2) cf. Sydow, Deutscher Botaniker Kalender fur 1899, p. 187.

(3) cf. R. von Wettstein, Die botanische Anstalten Wiens, 1894, p. 81.

(4) E. Gombocz: ‘Weiss Emánuelnek a Nemzeti Múzeum birtokában lévo gyüjtése’ (The collection of E. Weiss in the Hungarian National Museum) (Botanikai Közlemények 30, 1933, p. 110-111, 117) (n.v.).


biographical data:

Verh. k.k. Bot. Zool. Ges. Wien 20, 1870, p. 621-625.