Collecting localities



Biographical data


Wenzel, Chester A.


(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: 1882, Willesley, Mass., U.S.A. Died: 1929, probably Surigao, Mindanao, P.I.



At first school-teacher in the Philippines; subsequently cattle-breeder and professional plant collector in Mindanao.

He is commemorated in the genera Wenzelia Merr., and Wenzelia Tanaka, and in some plant species (cf. Backer, Verkl. Woordenb., 1936).


Collecting localities:

Philippines. Leyte: near Dagami, etc. (March 1913-15, and possibly later too); Mindanao, evidently residing in the northern part at Surigao (till his death in 1929).



> 3300 nos. In Herb. Manila [PNH]: Philip. plants (acq. 1913-16, from Leyte etc.), 846 Philip. plants (acq. 1929), 272 Java plants (purch. 1931) (no data on a Java voyage are known to us, neither to Dr E.D. Merrill). Dupl. of the Philippines in Herb. Bog. [BO]: 540 nos from Surigao (pres. 1929); Herb. Kew [K] (purch. 1928, 1932); Univ. Zürich [Z] (acq. 1928, 1931/32), Herb. Deless. (Geneva [G]): 1688 nos (acq. 1913-30), and some in Herb. Decand. (Geneva [G]); Sydney [NSW]: 100 sheets (purch. 1915); Herb. Berkeley (Cal.) [UC]: > 800 dupl.; Arn. Arbor. [A]: 160 nos (acq. 1931/32); Gray Herb. [GH]: 164 nos (purch. 1916-17); Field (= Nat. Hist.) Mus. Chicago [F]: 1623 nos (1914-16); Herb. N.Y. Bot. Gard. [NY]: 598 plants P.I.; U.S. Nat. Herb. Wash. [US]: 744 Philip. plants; Herb. Missouri Bot. Gard. [MO]. 

Dupl. from Surigao (Mindanao, coll. 1927) in Herb. Copenh. [C].

The collection of Leyte, made in the years 1913-15, comprises about 1000 nos which were separately elaborated.1



(1) E.D. Merrill: ‘Plantae Wenzelianae’ (Philip. Journ. Sci. C. Bot. 8, 1913, p. 363-390; l.c. 9, 1914, p. 353-389; l.c. 10, 1915, p. 265-285).