S2A3 Biographical Database of Southern African Science

Bertelsen, Mrs Ellen Sophie (plant collection)

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

Mrs Ellen Sophy ("Helena") Bertelsen was the wife of the Norwegian missionary E.A. Bertelsen (who died in 1883). In May to June 1882 she collected liverworts around Mapumulo (between Stanger and Kranskop), Natal, and sent them to Dr. F.C. Kiaer of Kristiana, Norway. The specimens were described by William H. Pearson in "Hepaticae Natalenses a clarissima domina Helena Bertelsen missae" in Christiania Videnskabs-Selskabs Forhandlinger 1886, No. 3. Mrs Bertelsen was commemorated in the species name Lejeunea heleniae.

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

Wyley, C. A bibliography of contemporary writings on the natural history of Natal and Zululand... Journal of Natal and Zulu history, 1990-1, Vol. 13, pp. 91-110.

Compiled by: C. Plug