Collecting localities



Biographical data


Witkamp, H.


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

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


Born: 1880, Poerworedjo, Java.



Mining engineer, from 1904-21 in the employ of the Royal Batavian Oil Company (B.P.M.). After 1921 still making numerous tours of exploration in several parts of the Malay Archipelago. In late 1939 and early 1940 he visited W. Borneo, G. Pandung and G. Sekeh, forming the watershed between the Sambas and Kapuas rivers.4

Author of several papers on the regions visited.1

Rafflesia witkampi Koord. was named after him (cf. Backer, Verkl. Woordenb., 1936).


Collecting localities:

In E. Borneo collecting in 1905, 1907 (Koetei, Sakoeroeh (= Sekerat) Mts in April), 1910, and 1928 (on Bt Tindjawan in W. Koetei, on Febr. 4).-S. Sumatra: Oeloe Semangko and other places in the Lampong Districts (1933); Malay Peninsula: Kelantan (1935); W. Java: Bantam (Aug. 1935); E. Java: S. coast of Besoeki (Aug. 1937); Dutch S. New Guinea: Digoel (1938); W. Java: pr. Rantjasoesoek on the Tjipandak River (S. Priangan) (May 1940).



Herb. Bog. [BO]: Borneo Rafflesiaceae,2 and some other plants; Herb. Utrecht [U]: Rafflesia material (pres. 1910).3 In about 1905 he sent rattans from Borneo to O. Drude (Dresden) through the intermediary of a professor of geology at Freiburg in Sachsen (oral information by W. himself).



(1) Mainly published in Tijdschr. K.N.A.G., on the Banda group (1909), on Soemba (1912-13), on Sumatra (Kerintji, in 1923), on Borneo (1925, 1928-29, 1932).

H. Witkamp: ‘Langs de Digoel-rivier’ (Trop. Nederl. 12, 1940, p. 387-395, 403-410, w. fotos).

(2) cf. Koorders: ‘Botanisch overzicht der Rafflesiaceae van Nederlandsch-Indië’ (Meded. no 4 N.I. Ver. t. Nat. Besch. 1918) p. 43, 48, 63.

(3) cf. l.c. p. 124.

(4) H. Witkamp: ‘Ons bivak op de Gunung Pandang (W.-Borneo)’ (Trop. Natuur 33, 1953, p. 10-20, fig. 1-3).


biographical data:

artial bibliogr. in Trop. Natuur 33, 1953, p. 39.