S2A3 Biographical Database of Southern African Science

Jelinek, Mr Anton (plant collection)

Born: Date not known, Place not known.
Died: Date not known, Place not known.

Anton Jelinek (or Jellinek), an Austrian horticulturalist, was attached to the expedition around the world of the Austrian frigate Novara in 1857-1859. This important scientific expedition collected mainly ethnographic material. One of its other members was the geologist Ferdinand von Hochstetter*. Unfortunately there were interpersonal problems between members of the scientific staff. The ship sailed from Trieste on 30 April 1857 and visited the Cape for some three weeks in October that year. Members of the expedition made excursions in the neighbourhood of Cape Town and into the interior to Paarl, Stellenbosch and Genadendal, during which Jellinek collected lichens. His specimens were described by von Krempelhuber in 1870.

In 1859 Jelinek was appointed to advise on the botanical aspects of the gardens of Miramare castle, built on the Adriatic coast near Trieste, Italy, during 1856-1860 for the Austrian Archduke Ferdinand Maximilian.

List of sources:
Doidge, E.M. The South African fungi and lichens to the end of 1945. Bothalia, 1950, Vol. 5, pp. 1-1094 (see p. 30).

Gunn, M. & Codd, L.E. Botanical exploration of southern Africa. Cape Town: Balkema, 1981.

Miramare Castle. In Wikipedia, the Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miramare_Castle on 2018-2-8.

Riedl-Dorn, C. Botaniker oder Pflanzensammler? Die Rolle der Pflanzenkunde bei der Weltumseglung der Fregatte “Novara” (1857–1859). Verhandlungen der Zoologisch-Botanische Gesellschaft Osterreich, 2012, Vol. 148/149, pp. 363-376. Retrieved from http://www.zobodat.at/pdf/VZBG_148_149_0363-0376.pdf on 2018-2-8.

Compiled by: C. Plug