Collecting localities




Werner, Dr Eugen


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

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


Died: before 1916.



For nine months (since Nov. 1905) in the employ of the German New Guinea Company, stationed at Jomba Estate near Friedrich Wilhelmshafen; subsequently he rented the isle of Tabat from the Rhinish Mission, andmade several collecting trips, more especially hunting for butterflies.

Several plants were named after him (cf. Backer, Verkl. Woordenb., 1936).


Collecting localities:1

NE. New Guinea, former Kaiser-Wilhelmsland. Since Nov. 1905 stationed at Jomba, from where making minor tours to Kassub, Ou, exploring the upper course of the Gauta River (Jan. 1906), etc. After having quitted the service of the Company, he visited: Prinz Friedrich Karlhafen, Tab Isl.; Hansemannberg (Oct. 12-Nov. 3), staying at Kamba, Mapóno, Grégare; the coast near Jabob (Astrolabe Bay); Jabob Isl. (Dec. 6), from where by boat (8) to Bongu, and proceeding to Kaliko as next base (staying 3 months, visiting Kadda, Bang, etc.); base at Damun (since March 5, 1907; interrupted for a stay at Kaliko (May 31-June 10)), exploring the basin of the Kabenau; setting out (June 22) to the Finisterre Mts (climbing Mt Gelu, 1700 m alt., on the 25th for the 1st time), basin of the Mojo; leaving the mountain region (Aug. 30), to Bogadjim and proceeding by boat to the mouth of the Kabarang; Stephansort (c. 3 weeks); base on the Kabarang, at Rumba (Sept. 29); staying for some weeks on Hansavulkan Island (= Manám) (from Nov. 11), climbing the mountain, however, not reaching the crater; Nov. 27 returning to the mainland, Potsdamhafen, from where (29) on foot along the coast and the last part by proa to Friedrich Wilhelmshafen (arrival on Dec. 10); return to Europe. As he visited Penang and part of the mainland of the Malay Peninsula (which he calls the ‘hills of the Sakai’) in 1907,2 it seems probable that this visit took place during the home voyage.



Herb. Berl. [B]: > 153 orchidsfrom New Guinea (acq. with Herb. Schlechter in 1913); and possibly the remaining part of the collection, which, as far as concerns the other phanerogams, was elaborated in Lauterbach, Beitr. Flor. Papuas. (in Engl. Bot. Jahrb. 1912 →); fern dupl. in Herb. Leiden [L] (1907). Also dupl. in Herb. Edinb. [E].

Lists of the collected ferns and mosses were published by Rosenstock and Herzog in Werner’s book,3 while descriptions of the new ferns form a separate paper.4 According to Burkill2 he collected some mosses in the Malay Peninsula. Mosses from both New Guinea and the Malay Peninsula were published.5



(1) E. Werner: ‘Im westlichen Finisterregebirge and an der Nordküste von Deutsch-Neuguinea’ (Peterm. Mitt. 55, 1909, p. 73-82, 107-113, map 7); ‘Kaiser-Wilhelmsland. Beobachtungen and Erlebnisse in den Urwäldern Neuguineas’ (Freiburg 1911, with textfig. + 1 map).

(2) cf. Burkill in Gard. Bull. Str. Settlem. 4, 1927, p. 133.

(3) cf. ‘Kaiser-Wilhelmsland etc.’ l.c. sub 1, p. 305-308.

(4) E. Rosenstock in Fedde Repert. 5, 1908, p. 34-44, 370-376.

(5) Th. Herzog in Hedwigia 57,1916,p.242-244.