S2A3 Biographical Database of Southern African Science

Templeman, Mr Robert Birmingham (horticulture)

Born: Date not known, Place not known.
Died: 1913, Place not known.

Robert B. Templeman was presumably the son of James Templeman, seedsman, florist and proprietor of the Rose Cottage Nursery in Cape Town, who advertised in the Cape of Good Hope almanac... for 1857. Robert worked as seedsman in the Cape Town Botanic Garden under James McGibbon* and Peter MacOwan*. He collected most of the Cape Irideae in MacOowan's herbarium, which were described by Dr F.W. Klatt* in the Transactions of the South African Philosophical Society in 1884. Templeman left his post in 1881 and started a nursery in Rosebank, Cape Town. In 1883 he published a Catalogue of seeds... that were for sale at his seed store at No. 12, Castle Street. The next year he issued a General catalogue of seeds, plants, Cape bulbs, etc... for sale at the same premises. At this time he had nurseries in Upper Buitekant Street and resided at 32 Roeland Street. He was still listed as seedsman, florist and nurseryman in 1911, but by 1916 his business was run by his wife. The species Tritonia templemanii and Gladiolus templemanii were named after him, the latter by Klatt. Specimens collected by him are in the Compton Herbarium, Cape Town.

List of sources:
Cape of Good Hope almanac and annual register, 1857.

General directory of South Africa, 1891, 1903, 1908-1911, 1916.

General directory and guide-book to the Cape of Good Hope and its dependencies, 1886.

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

Klatt, F.W. Determination and description of Cape Irideae... Transactions of the South African Philosophical Society, 1884, Vol. 3(2), pp. 196-205).

National Automated Archival Information Retrieval System (NAAIRS). . Documents relating to Templeman, Robert Birmingham.

South African bibliography to the year 1925. London: Mansell, 1979 (Vols 1-4) and Cape Town: South African Library, 1991 (Vol. 5).

Compiled by: C. Plug