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Thomas Fulton Bourdillon

Printed at the Travancore Government Press, Trevandrum.

1908

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Thomas Fulton Bourdillon (1849-1930), was the Conservator of Forests in the state of Travancore. During his 15-year reign, the forest department underwent a period of modernisation which led to them being more efficient. His keen interest in botany led to him authoring the first book on the trees of the region titled The Forest Trees of Travancore which was published in the year 1908. Bourdillon also would go on to work with some of his biggest contemporaries such as R.H. Beddome and Harold S. Ferguson. This book was the result of the botanist’s work over more than two decades.

He was appointed in June 1886 to make a thorough examination of the forests of the State "to mark and define those tracts which should be permanently reserved," to submit a report on their resources, especially noting the condition and extent of the forests of teak, to prepare maps showing the character of the forest in different localities, and finally to bring to the notice of Government any points worthy of attention.

It was possible due to the help of the Travancore government that supported his venture and provided financial assistance as well. To check what a specimen was, Bourdillon had them sent across to Col. Prain F.R.S. of the Calcutta Herbarium and to M.A. Lawson, a Government Botanist in Ootacamund. He also sent a few specimens abroad to Dr Staff at the Kew Botanical Gardens which is located in London. Before the publication of The Forest Trees of Travancore, Bourdillon submitted proposals to the Travancore Government with an eye on the management of forests in the future.

His main ideas were to reserve forests, improve the condition of forests through regeneration as well as the establishment of plantations. Though explorations had been undertaken before Bourdillon, he was the first person to fully analyse the Travancore region and identify the course of action that was necessary. His legacy still stands to this day and he also has a tree species and two bird subspecies named after him. Bourdillon was passionate about botany, forests and the measures needed to safeguard them. His efforts to the betterment and flourishing of flora in the region have been significant.

The tree species Aglaia bourdillonii, bird subspecies great eared-nightjar Eurostopodus macrotis bourdilloni and the blackbird Turdus merula bourdilloni are named after him.

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

13 plant species named BY Bourdillon and 40 plant species named AFTER Bourdillon.

 
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13 Plant species named BY Bourdillon

The following 13 plant species names have been described and named BY Bourdillon (Bourd.)

 

Aglaia maiae Bourd., J. Bombay Nat. Hist. Soc. 12: 350.

Canthium pergracile Bourd., J. Bombay Nat. Hist. Soc. 12: 352.

Dialium travancoricum Bourd., Indian Forester 30: 243 (1904).

Diospyros humilis Bourd., J. Bombay Nat. Hist. Soc. 12: 352.

Dysoxylum purpureum Bourd., J. Bombay Nat. Hist. Soc. 12: 349.

Eugenia chavaran Bourd., For. Trees Travancore 188 (1908).

Eugenia mundagam Bourd., For. Trees Travancore 182 (1908).

Eugenia occidentalis Bourd., Indian Forester 30: 195 (1904).

Eugenia rama-varma Bourd., Indian Forester 30(4): 147 (1904).

Ficus rama-varmae Bourd., J. Bombay Nat. Hist. Soc. 13: 155.

Garcinia imberti Bourd., J. Bombay Nat. Hist. Soc. 12: 349.

Hemicyclia travancorica Bourd., Forest Trees Travancore 329 (1908).

Holigarna nigra Bourd., Indian Forester 30: 95 (1904).

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40 Plant species named AFTER Bourdillon

Updated on the 4th of May 2020

The following 40 plant species names have been described and named AFTER Bourdillon (... bourdillonii)

 

Actinodaphne bourdillonii Gamble, Bull. Misc. Inform. Kew 1925(3): 129 (1925).

Aglaia bourdillonii Gamble, Bull. Misc. Inform. Kew 1915(7): 346 (1915).

Aglaia elaegnoidea var. bourdillonii (Gamble) K.K.N.Nair, J. Bombay Nat. Hist. Soc. 78(2): 426 (1981): (1981).

Aporosa bourdillonii Stapf, Hooker's Icon. Pl. 23: t. 2204 (1892).

Atalantia racemosa var. bourdillonii K.Narayanan & M.P.Nayar, Indian J. Forest. 13(1): 69 (1990).

Beilschmiedia bourdillonii Brandis, Indian Trees 528 (1906).

Casearia bourdillonii N.Mukh., Bull. Bot. Soc. Bengal 19(2): 109 (1967).

Clematis bourdillonii Dunn, Bull. Misc. Inform. Kew 1914(5): 181 (1914).

Cryptocarya bourdillonii Gamble, Bull. Misc. Inform. Kew 1925(3): 127 (1925).

Cynometra bourdillonii Gamble, Bull. Misc. Inform. Kew 1908(10): 446 (1908).

Diospyros bourdillonii Brandis, Indian Trees 435 (1906).

Dipterocarpus bourdillonii Brandis, Hooker's Icon. Pl. 25: t. 2403 (1895).

Glochidion bourdillonii Gamble, Bull. Misc. Inform. Kew 1925(8): 330 (1925).

Glochidion bourdillonii subsp. bhutanicum (D.G.Long) Chakrab. & N.P.Balakr., Indo-Burmese Phyllanthaceae 204 (2018).

Glochidion bourdillonii var. bhutanicum (D.G.Long) Chakrab. & M.Gangop., J. Econ. Taxon. Bot. 19(1): 190 (1995): (1995).

Hedyotis bourdillonii (Gamble) R.S.Rao & Hemadri, Indian Forester 99(6): 378, without basionym page (1973).

Hippocratea bourdillonii Gamble, Bull. Misc. Inform. Kew 1916(5): 132 (1916).

Humboldtia bourdillonii Prain, J. Asiat. Soc. Bengal, Pt. 2, Nat. Hist. 73(5): 200 (1904).

Jambosa bourdillonii Gamble, Bull. Misc. Inform. Kew 1918(7): 239 (1918).

Litsea bourdillonii Gamble, Bull. Misc. Inform. Kew 1925(3): 131 (1925).

Loeseneriella bourdillonii (Gamble) Ramamoorthy, Fl. Hassan Dist. [Saldanha & Nicolson] 315 (1976).

Loeseneriella bourdillonii (Gamble) D.C.S.Raju, J. Biol. Sci. (Bombay) 8(2): 56 (1966).

Loeseneriella bourdillonii (Gamble) Bennet & Raizada, Indian Forester 108(4): 302, combination already published by Ramamoorthy in 1976: (1982).

Madhuca bourdillonii H.J.Lam, Bull. Jard. Bot. Buitenzorg ser. III, viii. 463 (1927).

Madhuca bourdillonii (Gamble) Raizada, Indian Forester 74: 335 (1948).

Oldenlandia bourdillonii Gamble, Bull. Misc. Inform. Kew 1919(10): 404 (1919).

Oxytenanthera bourdillonii Gamble, Ann. Roy. Bot. Gard. (Calcutta) 7: 76.

Palaquium bourdillonii Brandis, Indian Trees 424 (1906).

Pavetta bourdillonii Sivad. & N.Mohanan, Bot. Bull. Acad. Sin. (Taipei) 40(1): 61 (1999) (1999).

Phyllanthus bourdillonii (Gamble) Chakrab. & N.P.Balakr., J. Econ. Taxon. Bot. 33(3): 713 (2009).

Phyllanthus bourdillonii var. bhutanicus (D.G.Long) Chakrab. & N.P.Balakr., J. Econ. Taxon. Bot. 33(3): 713 (2009).

Pseudotenanthera bourdillonii (Gamble) R.B.Majumdar, in S. Karthikeyan et al., Fl. Ind. Enumerat. - Monocot. 280 (1989): (1989).

Pseudoxytenanthera bourdillonii (Gamble) Ohrnb., see H.B. Naithani in J. Bombay Nat. Hist. Soc. 87(3): 440 (1990 publ. 1991): (1997).

Pseudoxytenanthera bourdillonii (Gamble) H.B.Naithani, J. Bombay Nat. Hist. Soc. 87(3): 440 (1991).

Pseudoxytenanthera bourdillonii (Gamble) Ohrnb., Bamboos of the World Intro. 4 20 (1997), isonym; (1997).

Schefflera bourdillonii Gamble, Bull. Misc. Inform. Kew 1919(5): 228 (1919).

Strychnos bourdillonii Brandis, Indian Trees 474 (1906).

Syzygium bourdillonii (Gamble) Rathakr. & N.C.Nair, J. Econ. Taxon. Bot. 4(1): 287 (1983): (1983).

Uniyala bourdillonii (Gamble) H.Rob. & Skvarla, Proc. Biol. Soc. Washington 122(2): 153 (2009).

Vernonia bourdillonii Gamble, Bull. Misc. Inform. Kew 1920(10): 339 (1920).

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