S2A3 Biographical Database of Southern African Science

Beyrich, Mr Conrad (plant collection)

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

Conrad Beyrich was a German engineer and traveller. In January 1888 he joined F.E. Bachmann* in an exploration of Pondoland (the northern and central coastal regions of the Transkei, between the Mtamvuna and Mtata Rivers). At that time they were both representatives of the Berlinische Pondo Gesellschaft. Starting from Marburg Mission they visited, among others, present Lusikisiki, Port St Johns, Port Grosvenor, and Msikaba. Beyrich collected about 6000 plant specimens, which are in the Botanisches Museum in Berlin. He and Bachmann were furthermore the first travellers definitely known to have collected land snails in the Transkei.

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

Herbert, D. & Kilburn, D. Field guide to the land snails and slugs of eastern South Africa. Pietermaritzburg: Natal Museum, 2004.

Compiled by: C. Plug