S2A3 Biographical Database of Southern African Science

Lamb, Mr James Dugal Cameron (plant collection)

Born: 1 June 1853, United Kingdom.
Died: 1937, Cape Town, South Africa.

James Dugal Cameron Lamb, horticulturalist, was trained as a gardener at the Royal Botanical Gardens at Kew, near London. He came to the Cape of Good Hope before 1883 as gardener and estate manager at Belmont Park House, Rondebosch, where he remained until 1918, when the property was sold and he reached the age of 65. He then became a garden designer and nurseryman in Cape Town.

Lamb was a member of the Mountain Club of South Africa from 1898 to 1923 and during this period collected flowering plants, geological specimens and other natural history material. He collected some 4000 plants, mainly in the Western Cape, but some as far afield as Zimbabwe, Botswana, Mafikeng and Benoni. A collection of more than 1000 of his best specimens was presented to the Compton Herbarium, Cape Town, in 1932. He was a good friend of H.W. Rudolf Marloth* and was acquainted with Harry Bolus* and Professor Peter MacOwan*.

List of sources:

Codd, L.E. and Gunn, M. J.D.C. Lamb and the “Herbarium Lambii”. Veld and Flora, June 1984, pp. 61-62. Retrieved from http://journals.co.za/docserver/fulltext/veld/70/2/1277.pdf?expires=1523526092&id=id&accname=guest&checksum=7C092E96F6C55C7A31BFA72B726374F7 on 2018-4-12.

Codd, L.E. and Gunn, M. Additional biographical notes on plant collectors in southern Africa. Bothalia, 1985, Vol. 15(3&4), pp. 631-654.

Desmond, R. (Ed.) Dictionary of British and Irish botanists and horticulturalists (rev. ed.) London: Taylor & Francis, 1994.

JSTOR Global Plants, at http://plants.jstor.org/person/bm000030212

National Automated Archival Information Retrieval System (NAAIRS), at http://www.national.archives.gov.za/naairs.htm Documents relating to James Dugal Cameron Lamb / J.D.C. Lamb.

Compiled by: C. Plug