Collecting localities



Biographical data


Wurth, Theophil


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

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


Born: 1875, Davos, Switzerland. Died: Nov. 10, 1922, Malang, Java.



Studied natural history at Neuchâtel and Berne, taking his Ph.Dr’s degree in 1904 on a mycological subject. In June 1905 he came in Java as Botanist-Mycologist of the Cocoa Experiment Station at Salatiga (Centr. Java); in 1909 stationed at Malang, and in 1911 appointed Director of the newly erected Experiment Station there.1


Collecting localities:

E. Java. Between 1905-22.- C. Java: G. Merbabu (Sept. 6-8, 1907; Nov. 16, 1908); E. Java: G. Ardjoeno (Sept. 11-12, 1909; 1913).-In 1916: G. Kawi with P. Arens (see there) (Apr. 23); Jang Plateau (May); Lalidjiwo on the slope of G. Ardjoeno; Centr. Java: G. Merbaboe and other localities.-E. Java: Ranoe Koembolo (Jan. 1917); W. Java: Tjibodas (Apr. 6-7, 1920; possibly not collecting).



Herb. Bog. [BO]: dried orchids etc. (pres. 1913 and 1916); Herb. Berne [BERN]: botanical objects from Java, incl. a beautiful collection of Javan mountain plants (pres. 1914 and 1928), and parasitic Fungi. From a letter from Valckenier Suringar, dated July 13, 1928 (in the archives of the Buitenzorg Herbarium), it is evident that Herb. Wageningen [WAG] has a collection of his plants too.



(1) cf. extract of a lecture on ‘Geologische und botanische Skizzen Bus Java’ in Mitt. Naturf. Ges. Bern (1914) 1915, p. xviii-xx.

Th. Wurth: ‘De uitbarsting van de Kloet op 20 Mei 1919’ (Pub’. N.I. Landbouwsyndikaat 11, 1919, p. 943-950).


biographical data:

Versl. 3e Verg. Ver. Proefstat. Pers. 1922, p. 12 + portr.; Teysmannia 33, 1922, p. 529-533; Ber. Schweiz. Bot. Ges. 32, 1923, p. 1-12, incl. bibliogr.; Jahresber. Naturf. Ges. Graubündens N.F. 62, 1923, p. ix-xi; Ned. Kruidk. Arch. 52, 1942, p. 414.