S2A3 Biographical Database of Southern African Science

Stewart, Miss Mabel (plant collection)

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

Mabel Stewart was the first resident collector of plants in Swaziland, during the first two decades of the twentieth century. In January 1906, when Harry Bolus* visited Swaziland, she sent him a bouquet of wild flowers when he was in Mbabane. Later she resided in Hlatikhulu, in the southwest of the country, and during 1911-1912 collected plants in the neighbourhood. Her specimens went to the herbaria at Kew Gardens, the Transvaal Museum (and from there to the National Herbarium in Pretoria) and the Compton Herbarium in Cape Town.

List of sources:

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

Roux, J.P. Swaziland ferns and fern allies. Pretoria: Southern African Botanical Biodiversity Network Report No. 19, 2003.

Compiled by: C. Plug