Collecting localities



Biographical data


Westenenk, Louis Constant


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


Born: 1872, coffee estate Penawangan, Demak Div., Semarang, Java.

Died: 1930, The Hague, Holland.



Was educated in Holland, and in 1892 joined the D.E. Indian Civil Service. From 1893-97 he was stationed in W. Borneo, from 1897-1924 in Sumatra, viz in Sumatra West Coast (1897-1900), Atjeh (1900-04), Sumatra West Coast (1905-15), Resident of Benkoelen (1915-20), and Governor of Sumatra East Coast (1920-24); a Member of Council at Batavia, 1924-25; retired in 1925. Back in Holland he was for some years Adviser for Indonesian Students; in 1928 Government Director of the Netherlands Indian Airlines, and since 1929 ditto of the Royal Dutch Airlines (K.L.M.).

Author of some popular books, and some small ethnological papers on Sumatra1 and Borneo. He brought about the Rafflesia reservates in Benkoelen.

Cordiglottis westenenkii J.J.Sm. was named after him.


Collecting localities:

c. 1915-18. S. Sumatra: Benkoelen Res.; Kepahiang (Palembang). -1918. P. Mega (N of Enggano), P. Enggano, Benkoelen Res.



Herb. [BO] and Hort. Bog.: few plants.



(1) L.C. Westenenk: ‘Simaloer. Bijdrage tot de kennis van dit eiland’ (Tijdschr. K.N.A.G. 21, 1904, p. 65-87); ‘De Minangkabausche Nagari’ (Med. Encyclop. Bur. no 17, 1918, 149 pp.); ‘Waar mensch en tijger buren zijn’ (’s-Gravenhage 1927); ‘Het rijk van Bittertong’ (’s-Gravenhage 1932); and others.


biographical data:

In Westenenk, Het rijk van Bittertong, l.c. p. 135-256 + portr.; Backer, Verkl. Woordenb., 1936.