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the flora of the south indian hill stationsThe flora of the south Indian hill stations

Ootacamund, Coonoor, Kotagiri, Kodaikanal, Yercaud and the country round

Volumes 1-2

Philip Furley Fyson

Printed by the Superintendent, Government Press, Madras, India.

1932

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Philip Furley Fyson (1877–1947) was a botanist and educator who dedicated his life to working in India. He became an important figure in botany due to him being the first person to author illustrated volumes on the flora of South Indian hills. His work took him to all parts of South India such as Vishakapatnam, Chennai, Ganjam and Kodaikanal among other places. Though he was educated in Scoltand during the early part of his life, he moved to Madras in 1904 where he joined the Presidency College. Two years later he went to Kodaikanal as he had a great interest in exploring the hills of the region

This resulted in him writing a textbook for student in 1912 and he also wrote a book on Madras flowers. It was called A Flora of the South Indian Hills and a monograph on the genus Eriocaulon. In 1915, his work became the basis for the book The Flora of the Nilgiri and Pulney Hill-Tops. But he did not stop there as he added a supplement six years later in 1921. That eventually led to his most famous work The Flora of The South Indian Hill Stations’ which was published in 1932. This covered 877 species and is considered to be an important work in botany.

Professor Fyson’s work has not been appreciated much by the modern botanists but he is important because his was the first illustrated work. This is recognised by the Fyson prize that is given by the Presidency College of Chennai for work in the field of Natural Science. And he was also a major influence on the work of noted naturalist Madhaviah Krishnan. He also helped establish and launch the Journal of Indian Botany through the Indian Botanical Society (started in 1919). The professor and his wife retired and returned to England in 1932 where he lived until his untimely death in a road accident 15 years later.

The standard author abbreviation used to indicate this person as the author, when citing a botanical name: Fyson

37 plant species named BY Fyson and 7 plant species named AFTER Fyson.

 
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37 Plant species named BY Fyson

The following 37 plant species names have been described and named BY Fyson (Fyson)

 

Anaphalis bournei Fyson, Bull. Misc. Inform. Kew 1914(6): 209 (1914).

Aneilema pulneyense Fyson, Bull. Misc. Inform. Kew 1914(9): 332 (1914).

Crotalaria bourneae Fyson, Bull. Misc. Inform. Kew 1914(5): 183 (1914).

Crotalaria conferta Fyson, Bull. Misc. Inform. Kew 1914(5): 183 (1914).

Crotalaria ovalifolia Wall. & Fyson, Bull. Misc. Inform. Kew 1914(5): 184, descr. (1914).

Eriocaulon barba-caprae Fyson, Journ. Ind. Bot. i. 50 (1919), in obs., nomen.

Eriocaulon barba-caprae Fyson, Journ. Ind. Bot. ii. 197 (1921).

Eriocaulon christopheri Fyson, Bull. Misc. Inform. Kew 1914(9): 330 (1914).

Eriocaulon dianae Fyson, Journ. Ind. Bot. i. 50 (1919), in obs., nomen.

Eriocaulon dianae Fyson, Journ. Ind. Bot. ii. 259 (1921).

Eriocaulon edwardii Fyson, Journ. Ind. Bot. i. 50 (1919), in obs, nomen.

Eriocaulon edwardii Fyson, Journ. Ind. Bot. ii. 313 (1921).

Eriocaulon eleanorae Fyson, Journ. Ind. Bot. i. 50 (1919), in obs., nomen.

Eriocaulon elenorae Fyson, Journ. Ind. Bot. ii. 316 (1921).

Eriocaulon geoffreyi Fyson, Bull. Misc. Inform. Kew 1914(9): 330 (1914).

Eriocaulon horsley-kundae Fyson, Journ. Ind. Bot. i. 52 (1919), in obs., nomen.

Eriocaulon horsley-kundae Fyson, Journ. Ind. Bot. iii. 13 (1922).

Eriocaulon margaretae Fyson, Journ. Ind. Bot. i. 50 1919, in obs., nomen.

Eriocaulon margaretae Fyson, Journ. Ind. Bot. ii. 316 (1921).

Eriocaulon mariae Fyson, Bull. Misc. Inform. Kew 1914(9): 331 (1914).

Eriocaulon mysorense Fyson, Bull. Misc. Inform. Kew 1914(9): 331 (1914).

Eriocaulon oliveri Fyson, Bull. Misc. Inform. Kew 1914(9): 331 (1914).

Eriocaulon rhodae Fyson, Journ. Ind. Bot. i. 50 (1919), in obs., nomen.

Eriocaulon rhodae Fyson, Journ. Ind. Bot. ii. 264 (1921).

Eriocaulon roseum Fyson, Journ. Ind. Bot. i. 50 (1919), in obs., nomen.

Eriocaulon roseum Fyson, Journ. Ind. Bot. ii. 204 (1921).

Eriocaulon sedgwickii Fyson, Journ. Ind. Bot. i. 50 (1919), in obs., nomen.

Eriocaulon sedgwickii Fyson, Journ. Ind. Bot. ii. 260 (1921).

Eriocaulon thomasii Fyson, Journ. Ind. Bot. i. 50 (1919), in obs., nomen.

Eriocaulon thomasii Fyson, J. Indian Bot. 2: 318 (1921).

Habenaria obcordata (Buch.-Ham. ex D.Don) Fyson, Fl. Nilgiri & Pulney Hill-Tops 1: 405 (1915).

Lasianthus coffeoides Fyson, Bull. Misc. Inform. Kew 1914(5): 185 (1914).

Notonia shevaroyensis Fyson, Journ. Ind. Bot. Soc. 11: 49 (1932).

Olea bournei Fyson, Bull. Misc. Inform. Kew 1914(5): 186 (1914).

Osbeckia rosea Fyson, Journ. Ind. Bot. Soc. 1932, xi. 49.

Satyrium neilgherrensis Fyson, Fl. S. Ind. Hill Stations 1: 595 (1932) (1932).

Stenophyllus barbatus Fyson, Bot. Bull. Pres. Coll. Madras t. 64 (1919).

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7 Plant species named AFTER Fyson

Data updated on the 4th of May 2020

The following 7 plant species names have been described and named AFTER Fyson (... fysonii)

 

Acilepis fysonii (Calder) H.Rob. & Skvarla, Proc. Biol. Soc. Washington 122(2): 140 (2009).

Asparagus fysonii J.F.Macbr., Contr. Gray Herb. 56: 17 (1918).

Crotalaria fysonii Dunn, Bull. Misc. Inform. Kew 1914(1): 26 (1914).

Eriocaulon fysonii R.Ansari & N.P.Balakr., Fam. Eriocaulac. in India 89 (1994) (1994).

Protasparagus fysonii (J.F.Macbr.) Kamble, J. Econ. Taxon. Bot. 15(3): 709 (1992).

Rotala fysonii Blatler & Hallb., J. Bombay Nat. Hist. Soc. 25: 709 (1918).

Vernonia fysonii Calder, Rec. Bot. Surv. India 6: 343 (1919).

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