S2A3 Biographical Database of Southern African Science

Saltmarshe, Mr Ernest (plant collection)

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

Ernest Saltmarshe was a member of the large Alexander Syndicate, headed by Theophilus Shepstone Jnr. He attended the first meeting of Europeans at Mbekelweni on 16 May 1887 (Jones, 1993). In about 1890 he collected plants in the neighbourhood of Bulembu, in the north-western part of Swaziland, a region then known as the Havelock Concession. His specimens were incorporated in the herbarium of Ernest E. Galpin*, now in the National Herbarium in Pretoria, and in the Compton Herbarium in Cape Town. He was only the second person (after Galpin) known to have collected plants in Swaziland. The species Ornithogalum saltmarshei was named after him.

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

Jones, H.M. A biographical register of Swaziland to 1902. Pietermaritzburg: University of Natal Press, 1993.

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

Compiled by: C. Plug