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Yamamoto, Yoshimatsu


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


Born: 1893, Sabae, Fukui prefecture, Japan. Died: 1947, Taipei, Formosa



Botanist, educated at Tokyo Imperial University, 1920-23 (Dr.Sci. 1934); Assistant of Professor Hayata, 1923-28; Assistant Professor in Taihoku Imperial University (Formosa), since 1928; studying for some time in the U.S.A. (Univ. of California, under Dr E.D. Merrill) and in England (Kew Herbarium), 1933-34. In connexion with his research on Menispermaceae, he made a study tour to Java, Sumatra, and Borneo, in 1939;1 visit to Hainan Island in 1940. From 1942-43 stationed at Manila, Luzon (P.I.), subsequently returning to Formosa, where he was promoted to a full professorship in 1945. In 1947 he made a botanical trip to the island of Botel Tobago.


Collecting localities:

Malay Peninsula: Bongol pr. Singapore (Oct. 5, 1935).-Malay Archipelago. 1939. June 14 sailing for W. Java: Batavia (June 27-July 1); Buitenzorg (July 2-11); Batavia (12); sailing for W. Sumatra: Padang; Fort de Kock, Sibolga (20); Prapat (Toba Lake); E. Sumatra: B(e)rastagi, Langsa, Peurula (= Peureulah) (Aug. 2), Medan; via Singapore back to W. Java: Batavia (Aug. 10-11), Buitenzorg (from 1 I or 12-17); from Batavia to Pontianak (W. Borneo) and back (18-30); Bali: Pantai, pr. Den Passar (31); W. Java: Buitenzorg ( -Sept. 5); making a trip from W.-E. Java (Sept. 6-30; a plant is, however, recorded from Bandjermasin Sept. 12!): Bandoeng, Garoet, Semarang, Magelang, Malang, Soerabaja; to Bandjermasin (S. Borneo) and back (Oct. 1-14); E. Java: Banjoewangi (18); SW. Celebes: Makassar (20); Br. N. Borneo: Tawao (Oct. 25).



Herb. Taihoku: > 1565 nos. Some Menispermaceae in Herb. Bog. [BO]. Part of the Malaysian plants were elaborated.2

Some plants were collected with other Japanese (probably residents), viz with Kato, Seki, and Narusawa (see those).



(1) According to the obituary he is the author of a book ‘Dutch East Indies botanical trip’. Probably in Japanese.

(2) Y. Yamamoto: ‘Materials for a Flora of the Southeastern Asia’ I-III (Journ. Soc. Trop. Agric. Taihoku Imp. Univ. Formosa 11, 1939, p. 275-281, 2 fig.; l.c. 12, 1940, p. 157-169, 7 fig.; l.c. p. 243­250, 1 fig.); ‘Materials for a Flora of the Southeastern Asia’ VI-VIII (Transact. Nat. Hist. Soc. Taiwan 34, 1944, p. 192-203; l.c. p. 224-235, 4 fig.; l.c. p. 307-315, 5 fig.); ‘An enumeration of the Menispermaceous plants in the Great Sunda Islands (including Sumatra, Borneo, Java, & Bali)’ I-III (Journ. Soc. Trop. Agric. Taihoku Imp. Univ. Formosa 16, 1944, p. 29-104, 137-150).


biographical data:

Taiwania 1, 1948, p. 7-17, w. portr. & bibliogr.


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