Appendix: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
  Bachmannia,   Bachmanniana,   Bachmannii
Dr. Franz Ewald Theodor Bachmann (1856-c.1916), German naturalist and physician who collected several new species on the Sandveld along the West Coast, while he practised medicine in Darling and Hopefield from 1883-1887. In addition to plants, he also collected some mosses, lichens and fungi. The genus Bachmannia was published in 1897 by Ferdinand Albin Pax, and he was commemorated with species in the genera Lotononis, Bulbine, Asterella, Memecylon, Melinis, Hesperantha, Watsonia, Maytenus, Gymnosporia, Thamnochortus, Helichrysum, Oricia, Lachenalia, and Tephrosia. (PlantzAfrica)
Dr. Abraham Baeck (1713-1795), Swedish physician, scientist and writer, physician-in-ordinary to the king and President of the Royal College of Medicine, friend of Linnaeus. The genus Pseudobaeckea in the Bruniaceae was published in 1891 by German botanist Franz Josef Niedenzu. (Dictionary of Biographical Reference)
  bakeri,   bakerianum,   bakerianus
John Gilbert Baker (1834-1920), British botanist and plant collector, Fellow of the Linnean and Royal Societies, worked at the library at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, 1866-1899, and was keeper of the herbarium there, 1890-1899, author of many publications including Flora of Mauritius and the Seychelles (1877) and Handbook of the Irideae (1892). He had several genera named after him including Bakerella (Loranthaceae), Bakerantha (Bromeliaceae), Bakeria (Bromeliaceae and Araliaceae), Bakeriella (Sapotaceae), Neobakeria (Liliaceae) and Bakerisideroxylon (Sapotaceae). His son, Edmund Gilbert Baker, was also a botanist. John Gilbert Baker was also commemorated at least with the species Dipcadi bakerianum and Tritonia bakeri and possibly a number of others. (CRC World Dictionary of Plant Names)
  Banksia,   Banksiana,   Banksii
Sir Joseph Banks (1743-1829), well-known English naturalist, explorer, and plant collector; a wealthy patron of the natural sciences. After his father died he inherited a large estate and became the local squire and magistrate. He attended Chelsea Physic Garden and the British Museum and established acquaintances with scientific men of the age, becoming an advisor to King George III. He was elected to the Royal Society in 1866 and to Newfoundland and Labrador with Constantine John Phipps, his Eton schoolmate. He was a member of Captain James Cook's first voyage of discovery on the Endeavor to South America, Tahiti, New Zealand and Australia. He had become great friends with the Swedish naturalist Daniel Solander and in 1772 went with him to Scotland and Iceland. In 1778 he became President of the Royal Society, a position he was to hold for 41 years. He was in Cape Town in 1771 and was so impressed with the Cape flora that the following year he sent a gardener from Kew named Francis Masson to collect botanical specimens. He had an incredible influence on the course of British exploration and was responsible for sending botanists and explorers to many parts of the world. Included in these famous voyages was that of George Vancouver to the North-Eastern Pacific and William Bligh to the South Pacific. His greatest influence however arguably was on the British colonization of Australia. During this time both Kew Gardens and the British Museum were the beneficiaries of specimens sent back at his behest from all over the world. He is commemorated not only in the Australian genus Banksia, but also in species names including the South African ones Erica banksii and Wahlenbergia banksiana. His name is also on many geographic features. (Gunn & Codd; Wikipedia)
Thomas Theodore Barnard (1898-1983), English anthropologist, plant collector, grower of gladioli, and Fellow of the Linnaean Society. He was professor of social anthropology at Cape Town University, expert on the Iridaceae, and recipient of the Bolus Medal of the Botanical Society, and co-author with Gwendoline Joyce Lewis and Anna Amelia Obermeyer of A Revision of the South African Species of Gladiolus. He was regarded as an authority on the botanical literature of the Linnaean period. The genus Barnardiella in the Iridaceae was published in 1977 by South African botanist Peter Goldblatt. (Gunn & Codd; CRC World Dictionary of Plant Names; JSTOR)
Thomas Bartholin (1616-1680), Danish anatomist, physician, physiologist, mathematician, theologian and professor of anatomy at Copenhagen. He was one of the original discoverers of the lymphatic system in humans following Harvey’s work on the circulation of blood. Twelve members of his family became professors at the University of Copenhagen. He revised and illustrated a seminal work by his father Caspar Bartholin in which the work of two contemporary anatomists Gasparo Aselli and William Harvey was recognized and which became the standard reference on anatomy. He also became the physician to King Christian V of Denmark. His library with many of his manuscripts was burned in 1670. His son, Thomas Bartholin the Younger (1659-1690), became a professor of history at the University of Copenhagen and was later appointed royal antiquarian and secretary to the Royal Archives. The genus Bartholina in the Orchidaceae was published in 1813 by Scottish botanist Robert Brown. (CRC World Dictionary of Plant Names; Wikipedia)
John Bartram (1699-1777), the noted American botanist called by Linnaeus the greatest natural botanist in the world. He founded the 12 acre Bartram Botanical Gardens near Philadenphia, said to be the first in America, and he was one of the co-founders, along with Benjamin Franklin, of the American Philosophical Society in 1742. He was particularly noted for sending seeds of American trees and plants to Europe. He was made Royal Botanist by George III in 1765, a position which he held until his death. His son William was a naturalist. The genus Bartramia in the Scrophulariaceae which was published in 1796 by Richard Anthony Salisbury is named for John Bartram, and there are two other genera in different familes that have at one time or another been named Bartramia, in the Tiliaceae published in 1753 by Linneaus, and in the Primulaceae published in 1821 by Ellis, and I can only surmise that these are also named for John Bartram. There is also a moss genus named Bartramia published in 1801 by Johann Hedwig, and the same supposition applies to that. (CRC World Dictionary of Plant Names)
Johann Bartsch (Johannes Bartsius) (1709-1738), German or Prussian botanist and physician who was born in Königsberg, East Prussia (now Kaliningrad, Russia). He graduated in medicine at the University of Leyden, and assisted Carl Linnaeus with his Flora Lapponica, published in 1737, which was an account of the five months Linnaeus spent in Lapland in 1732 collecting plants and other specimens. At the suggestion of Linnaeus, Bartsch was sent by Hermann Boerhaave to take up the post of medical officer of the Dutch East India Company in Suriname (Dutch Guiana) where he died only six months after arriving at the young age of 29. He was the author of Thesis de Calore Corporis Humani hygraulico. The genus Bartsia in the Orobanchaceae was published by Swedish botanist Carl Linnaeus in 1753. (CRC World Dictionary of Plant Names; Wikipedia)
Ferdinando Bassi (1710-1774), Italian botanist and naturalist, Prefect of the Bologna Botanical Garden, author of Ambrosina, novum plantae genus. As a young man he studied the natural sciences and became an assistant to botanist Giuseppi Monti who facilitated his contacts with Italian and other European naturalists. The other major professional association he had was with the Netherlands Academy of Sciences. There are two Bassia genera, one in the Sapotaceae published by Johann Gerhard Koenig in 1771 and one in the Chenopodiaceae published by Carlo Allioni in 1766, both of whom honour Ferdinando Bassi. (CRC World Dictionary of Plant Names)
Francis Bauer (1758-1810), who was botanical artist to King George III. He is remembered in the taxon Erica baueri. (PlantzAfrica)
  benthamiana,   benthamii
George Bentham (1800-1884), British botanist, nephew of Jeremy Bentham, a student of mathematics and languages such as French, German, Russian, Swedish and Hebrew. He was the author of Catalogue des plantes indigènes des Pyrénées et du Bas Languedoc (1826), Labiatarum genera et species (1836), Flora Hongkongensis (1861), Flora Australiensis in 7 vols. (1863-1878), Genera Plantarum with Joseph Dalton Hooker (1862-1883) and Handbook of the British flora (1853-1858). He was also an elected Fellow of the Royal Society. He is commemorated at least with Erica benthamii, Lotononis benthamiana, Manulea benthamiana, Zaluzianskya benthamiana, Euphorbia benthamii and Tragia benthamii, however I have not been able to determine for sure if all or some of them commemorate George Bentham or some other Bentham. George is the only one listed in the Harvard University Herbarium list of botanists. (Gledhill; Ted Oliver, pers. comm.)
  Bergeranthus,   bergeri,   bergeriana,   bergerianum,   bergerianus
Alwin Berger (1871-1931), German botanist and horticulturist, authority on Cactaceae and Superintendent of the Hanbury Garden in La Mortola, Italy. He worked at the botanical gardens of Dresden and Frankfurt. He was also director of the department of botany of the natural history museum inStuttgart, and was the author of Die Agaven published in 1915 which described 274 species of agaves. The genus Bergeranthus in the Aizoaceae was published in 1926 by German botanist Martin Heinrich Gustav Schwantes. Alwin Berger was also honored with the generic names Bergerocactus and Bergerocereus, neither of which appear in southern Africa. (CRC World Dictionary of Plant Names)
  Bergia,   Bergiana,   Bergianum,   Bergii
(1) Peter Jonas Bergius (1730-1790), Swedish physician and botanist, plant collector, pupil of Linnaeus, and was appointed professor of natural history and pharmacy at the Collegium Medicum in Stockholm in 1761. With his brother, historian and antiquarian Bengt Bergius, he created a botanic garden which today is run by the Bergius Foundation as a research institute and has over 9000 species from all over the world. He introduced the rhubarb to Sweden, and authored Descriptiones plantarum ex Bona Spei Capita (1767), a book on the plants of the Cape. P.J. Bergius's name is commemorated on many plant taxa such as Ornithogalum bergii, Euphorbia bergii, Thelypteris bergiana, and the genus Bergia which was published by Linnaeus in 1771. (CRC World Dictionary of Plant Names). (2) Carl (Karl) Heinrich Bergius (1790-1818), Prussian botanist, naturalist, cavalryman and pharmacist from Kustrin. He served in the Napoleonic Wars and was awarded the Iron Cross, and is notable for his natural history collecting in southern Africa. His name is commemorated on the plant taxa Diascia bergiana, Ficinia bergiana, Cheilanthes bergiana, and Ophioglossum bergianum, and on the greater crested tern, Thalasseus bergii. He died of pulmonary tuberculosis at a young age in isolation and poverty in Cape Town. (Gunn & Codd; Wikipedia)
Jan (Johannes) Le Francq van Berkhey (1729-1812), Dutch botanist, biologist, lecturer in natural history at the University of Leyden 1773-1795, poet, and physician, author of works like Expositio characteristica structurae florum qui dicuntuv compositi. He was also the author of the multi-volume The Natural History of the Netherlands and A Natural History of Cattle in Holland in 6 volumes. He apparently had a fairly wretched life and had many enemies mostly due to political issue. The asteroid 27657 was named Berkhey in his honor by the astronomer Tom Gehrels, an American of Dutch descent. The genus Berkheya in the Asteraceae was published in 1788 by Swiss botanist Jacob Friedrich Ehrhart. (PlantzAfrica; CRC World Dictionary of Plant Names)
1) Mrs. Ellen Sophie Bertelsen (fl. 1882), wife of a Norwegian missionary, E.A. Bertelsen (?-1883). She collected bryophytes in the Natal area, and is commemorated with Lejeunea helenae; (2) the taxon Ischyrolepis helenae (formerly Restio helenae) was published by British botanist and taxonomist Maxwell Tylden Masters and may be named for his wife Ellen Anne Ruck Tress (1836-1919), although this is by no means a certainty. (Gunn & Codd; David Hollombe, pers. comm.)
Carlo Luigi Guiseppe Bertero (1789-1831), Italian botanist, naval physician, pharmacist and traveller, drowned at sea somewhere between Tahiti and Chile when the ship that was to bring him to Valparaiso disappeared. He is commemorated with Tragus berteronianus. The International Code of Botanical Nomenclature Division II Chapter VII Section I Article 60.7 Ex. 14 explains that letters can be added to the personal name to create the specific epithet, a practice no longer recommended, and that's how, for instance, the name berteronianus can derive from Bertero just as chamissonis can derive from Chamisso. (Etymological Dictionary of Grasses; CRC World Dictionary of Plant Names)
Count Jacob J. Berzelius (1779-1848), a renowned Swedish chemist who was the founder of chemical symbols and was also a professor of medicine. From 1818 to 1848 he was secretary of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences and is credited during that period with revitalizing the institution. Berzelius and some of the students working in his laboratory identified a number of chemical elements such as Silicon, Lithium, Selenium and others, and established a system of atomic weights. His work also had a major influence on biology, differentiating between organic and inorganic compounds, and coining the term 'protein.' The genus was published by Carl Friedrich Philipp von Martius in 1825. (PlantzAfrica; Wikipedia)
G. van Blommestein near Elgin, who collected the taxon Gladiolus blommesteinii, published in 1924 by South African botanist Harriet Margaret Louisa Bolus. (David Hollombe, pers. comm.)
Jacob Bobart (1599-1680), German botanist, the first Horti Praefectus (Superintendent, Head Gardener) of the Oxford Physic Garden, which was the first such garden in England. He was the author of Catalogus plantarum horti medici Oxoniensis, scil. Latino-Anglicus et Anglico-Latinus (1648), a catalogue of 1600 plants that were in the garden. His son, Jacob Bobart the Younger (1641-1719), succeeded his father as Horti Praefectus and became acting Professor of Botany at Oxford. The genus Bobartia was published in 1753 by Linnaeus. (CRC World Dictionary of Plant Names; Wikipedia)
Prof. Alfred Arthur Bodkin (1847-1930), a British-born plant collector in South Africa who worked with Harry Bolus and accompanied him on collecting trips. He was a distinguished mathematician and was from 1881 to 1902 Professor of Mathematics at Bishop's, Cape Town. He was commemorated in Neme- sia bodkinii, Erica bodkinii, Disa bodkinii, Pachites bodkinii, Harveya bodkinii, Disperis bodkinii, Aspalathus bodkinii, Agathosma bodkinii and others. (Gunn & Codd)
  Bolusanthus,   Bolusia,   Bolusiella
Harry Bolus (1834-1911), English-born South African botanist, businessman, and founder of the Cape Town Bolus Herbarium, Fellow of the Linnean Society, and member and president of the South African Philosophical Society (later the Royal Society of South Africa). He bequeathed his library, his extensive herbarium and most of his fortune to the South African College for which he also founded a chair of botany. He is commemorated in the genera Bolusia, Bolusafra, Neobolusia, Bolusanthus and Bolusiella, as well as in numerous specific names. While he was at Castle Gate School, Nottingham, head-master George Herbert regularly corresponded with and received plant specimens from a William Kensit of Grahamstown, South Africa. Kensit requested that the headmaster send him one of his pupils as an assistant and Harry Bolus was chosen, arriving at Port Elizabeth in March, 1850. He spent two years at Grahamstown and then moved to P.E. Five years later, in 1857, he married Kensit's sister Sophia. He started his botanical collection in 1865 and began corresponding with Joseph Hooker at Kew, William Henry Harvey in Dublin and Peter MacOwan in Grahamstown. In 1875 with his brother Walter he founded a stockbroking firm and in 1876 he took a large number of specimens to Kew for identification. Unfortunately all his specimens and notes were lost when the ship returning to South Africa struck a reef north of Cape Town. He immediately began collecting new specimens from all over South Africa and founded the Harry Bolus Professorship at the Cape University. He was the author of A Sketch of the Flora of South Africa (1886) and Icones Orchidearum Austro-Africanum Extra-tropicarum, published in three volumes, the last of which was edited after his death. The genus Bolusanthus in the Fabaceae was published in 1906 by German taxonomist and botanist Hermann August Theodor Harms, Bolusafra in the Fabaceae in 1891 by German botanist Carl Ernst Otto Kuntze, Bolusia in 1873 by British botanist George Bentham, Neobolusia in the Orchidaceae in 1895 by German botanist Friedrich Richard Rudolf Schlechter, and Bolusiella in the Orchidaceae in 1918 also by Schlechter. (Gunn & Codd; Wikipedia)
Either for (1) Harriet Margaret Louisa Bolus (nee Kensit) (1877-1970), the grand-niece of Harry Bolus, or (2) Ethel Bolus (1866-1890), the daughter of Harry Bolus. The type specimen of Hippia bolusae was collected by H. Bolus in South Africa in 1873, but whether this refers to Ethel Bolus or Harriet Bolus is unclear to me.
  Bolusanthemum,   Bolusiae
Harriet Margaret Louisa Bolus (nee Kensit) (1877-1970), grand-niece and daughter-in-law of Harry Bolus who married his son Frank and worked as a curator for nearly 60 years in the Bolus Herbarium, author of Notes on Mesembryanthem and Some Allied Genera. The genus was published in 1928 by Martin Heinrich Gustav Schwantes. (CRC World Dictionary of Plant Names; Gunn & Codd)
  bolusiana,   Bolusianum,   Bolusii,   
Either for (1) Harry Bolus (1834-1911), (see Bolusanthus above) commemorated with Pleiospilos bolusii,Euphorbia bolusii, Haworthia bolusii, Ipomoea bolusiana, and many others; or (2) Hermann Harry Bolus (1862-1930), son of Harry Bolus. Most taxa honor Bolus Sr. (Etymological Dictionary of Succulent Plant Names. Wikipedia); or (3) Alfred Bolus (1871-1952), nephew of Harry Bolus, commemorated with the former taxon Hemizygia bolusii, now Syncolostemon bolusii. (Gunn & Codd)
Guiseppe Antonio Bonato (1753-1836), Italian botanist who was professor of botany at Padua and Praefectus of the Botanical Garden of Padua, author of Pisaura automorphae Coreopsis formosa. The genus was published in 1805 by Carl Ludwig von Willdenow. (CRC World Dictionary of Plant Names)
Charles Boucher (1944- ), South African botanical survey officer, plant collector, and lecturer in ecology at Stellenbosch University. He collected about 3000 specimens, mainly in the SW Cape area, and is commemorated with Albuca boucheri, Liparia boucheri and Erica boucheri. According to JSTOR, he was an associate of Ted Oliver's and did a lot of joint collecting with him. (David Hollombe, pers. comm.; Gunn & Codd; Ted Oliver, pers. comm.)
  Bowiea,   bowiea,   bowieana,   bowiei
James Bowie (c. 1789-1869), British botanist and plant collector. He worked at Kew Gardens from 1810 to 1814 when he and Allan Cunningham were chosen by Joseph Banks to collect plants for Kew and sent to Brazil. In 1816 they were ordered to proceed to the Cape. He spent the next seven years there, then was recalled and dismissed. The Oxford Fictionary of National Biography says "In part this was due to ‘liberal Tory’ fiscal retrenchment, which in 1822 halved the sum which parliament had annually voted since 1814 for Kew's botanical collectors, but Bowie was also thought to have been dilatory in crown service. He certainly gave false locations for plants, perhaps to ensure that, when his poorly paid and dangerous post finished, his services would remain valuable." Bowie returned to South Africa in 1827 and published the first guide to the Cape flora in 1829. Again from the Oxford Dictionary: "He advised on gardens, notably Baron Ludwig's botanical collection [of which he was Superintendent], and hunted plants with such success that W. H. Harvey considered him to have enriched Europe's gardens with more succulents than any other individual. His feats were honoured in the genera Bowiea, named by Harvey, and Bowiesia, named by R. K. Greville, but he enjoyed few more tangible rewards, growing old in poverty, an alcoholic dependent on charity." The genus Bowiea in the Hyacinthaceae was published in 1867 by British botanist Joseph Dalton Hooker. It is likely that most if not all of the following taxa are commemorative of him: Lachenalia bowieana, Erica bowieana, Wiborgiella bowieana, Aloe bowiea, Aspalathus bowieana, Lebeckia bowieana, Cyclopia bowieana, Amphithalea bowiei, Coelidium bowiei, Oxalis bowiei and Aster bowiei. (CRC World Dictionary of Plant Names; Gunn & Codd; Oxford Dictionary of National Biography)
  Breutelia,   Breutelianum,   Breutelianus,   Breutelii
Rev. Johann Christian Breutel (1788-1875), a bishop of the Moravian church and collector of mostly mosses from the West Indies and South Africa. The genus Breutelia was published by Philipp Bruch and Wilhelm Philipp Schimper, and Breutel is also commemorated in Aspicilia breuteliana and some other species that have been lost to synonymy. (Gunn & Codd)
James Britten (1846-1924), junior assistant at the Herbarium at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Keeper of the Department of Botany at the British Museum, and editor of the Journal of Botany, a position he held for 45 years. He also was the editor of William Turner's The Names of Herbes and compiled a dictionary of English and Irish botanists. Much of his life was devoted to the Catholic Church, being honorary secretary and then Vice-President of the Catholic Truth Society and writing much of the Society's literature including such tracts as "Protestant Fictions" and "Why I Left the Church of England," and being appointed as a Knight of St. Gregory by Pope Leo XIII. He was also a Fellow of the Linnaean Society, co-author with Robert Holland of A Dictionary of English Plant Names, and was commemorated with Gethylis britteniana. (CRC World Dictionary of Plant Names; London Times Obituary)
Dr. Alexander Brown (fl. 1692-1698), a naval surgeon and plant collector for Leonard Plukenet who worked in the East Indies around 1690. He had a large herbarium of East Indian plants and also sent specimens to James Petiver (c.1665-1718), Jacob Bobart the Younger (1641-1719), and Charles du Bois (1656-1740). Various sources have suggested that the epithet may have commemorated Dr. Cornelius Brun (Corneille de Bruin) (1652-1719/1726/1727), a contemporary of Linnaeus and Dutch apothecary who travelled in Russia and the Levant, painter, botanist, author of Voyage au Levant, but Gunn & Codd maintained that the honoree was Alexander Brown. This has been confirmed by a communication from Italian botanist Marco Grandis to Alice Notten at Kirstenbosch, and David Hollombe provided this very interesting summary of the name which also confirms Gunn & Codd: "Johannes Burmann named Brunia for Dr. Alexander Brown. It had previously been named Eriocephalus bruniades for Dr. Brown, by Plukenet. Lamarck took the name from Linnaeus but defined and delimited it differently. Linnaeus described the genus as having one-loculed ovaries (like the species later split off as the genus Berzelia) and Lamarck described the ovaries as two-loculed. Because most later authors had followed Lamarck, it was decided to conserve the genera Berzelia Brongn. And Brunia Lam. and reject Brunia L." Brunia is in the family Bruniaceae. (CRC World Dictionary of Plant Names; Gunn & Codd; PlantzAfrica; Marco Grandis, pers. comm. to Alice Notten; David Hollombe)
(1) Robert Brown (1773-1858), Scottish botanist, librarian to Sir Joseph Banks and the Linnean Society. He made important copntributions to science through the use of the microscope, was the first to observe Brownian motion, was the first to distinguish between Gymnosperms and Angiosperms, and produced the first systematic account of the Australian flora in Prodromus Florae Novae Hollandiae et Insulae Van Diemen (1810). He visited the Cape with Banks in 1801. He is commemorated with Cenchrus brownii and Rumex brownii. (JSTOR); (2) Nicholas Edward Brown (1849-1934), British botanist honored by the taxonomic names Cheiridopsis brownii, Erica brownii and Lampranthus brownii. There are a number of other taxa with the specific epithet brownii but I have been unable to determine as yet who they commemorate. (Ted Oliver, pers. comm.)
Karl (Carl) Wilhelm Ferdinand (1713-1780), also known as Charles I or Karl I, Duke of Brunswick-Lunenburg, patron of the arts and sciences who promoted the study of plants, including the beautiful Cape species B. orientalis. He also founded the Collegium Carolinum, an institute of higher education which is today known as the Technical University of Brunswick. The genus was published in 1755 by Lorenz Heister. (PlantzAfrica)
Rev. Adam Buddle (1660-1715), an English rector, amateur botanist, collector of British plants, and authority on bryophytes, compiled a new English flora which was never published. The genus Buddleja in the Buddlejaceae was published by Swedish botanist Carl Linnaeus in 1753, and is often written incorrectly as Buddleia. (PlantzAfrica; Hugh Clarke, pers. comm.)
  Burchellia,   Burchelliana,   Burchellianum,   Burchellii
William John Burchell (1781-1863), botanical collector, painter, writer, gardener, entomologist, early explorer and naturalist in South Africa who was the author of Travels in the Interior of Southern Africa, a book that was published in 1822. His name is also on the Burchell's zebra and on Burchell's coucal. "[He is] regarded as one of the greatest of the early African explorers. He was an accomplished naturalist, who amassed vast natural history collections and described many new species. His achievements were not fully recognized by his contemporaries and he became a solitary and unhappy figure in later life. He developed an interest in natural history early on in life and was particularly taken with botany, which he studied at Kew Gardens. In his mid twenties Burchell took up the position of schoolmaster and acting botanist on the island of St. Helena. His fiancee set out to join him in 1807, however, upon arrival, she announced a change of heart; she was to marry the captain of the ship that had carried her to the island, and Burchell was to remain a bachelor until his death in 1863." (website of Oxford University Museum of Natural History) The genus Burchellia was published by Scottish botanist Robert Brown in 1820. He was one of the most productive collectors in the history of South Africa whose name is on at least 60 taxa including Aspalathus, Stachys, Erica, Carex, Trifolium, Tephrosia, Podalyria, Lotononis, Berzelia, Asclepias, Microloma, Restio, Eriospermum, Hermannia, Leucadendron, Protea, Rhus, Selago, Sutera, Geissorhiza, Dioscorea, Holothrix, Solanum, Gnidia, Senecio, Cotula, Cliffortia, Dianthus, Andro-cymbium, Indigofera and many others.
  Burmannia,   Burmanniana,   Burmani,   burmannii
(1) Johannes Burman (1706/07-1779/80), Dutch botanist and physician, a professor of botany at Amsterdam University who studied under Herman Boerhaave and who was a close friend of Carl Linnaeus. He was the author of Thesaurus zeylanicus, Rariorum africanarum plantarum, and Flora malabarica, and specialized in plants of Ceylon, Indonesia and the Cape Colony. The genus Burmannia in the Burmanniaceae was published by Swedish botanist Carl Linnaeus in 1753, and Burman was also commemorated with a number of species names. (CRC World Dictionary of Plant Names); (2) Nicholaas Laurens Burman (1734-1793), Dutch botanist. He was the son of Johannes Burman and succeeded his father to the Chair of Botany at the University of Amsterdam. He was the author of Specimen botanicum de geraniis and Flora Indica, later completed by Johann Gerhard Koenig. Both father and son were botanists at the Hortus Botanicus (Botanic Garden) at Amsterdam. (Wikipedia))