Charles Stanford Sutton (1895 – 1950)
A Melbourne general medical practitioner and expert on subalpine flora.
Pterostylis suttonii Name not found in the Australian Plant Name Index or International Plant Index
Prasophyllum suttonii or Mauve Leek Orchid
Thomas Lane Bancroft (1860 – 1933) son and Joseph Bancroft (1836 -1894) father
Thomas Lane Bancroft is one of Australia’s greatest doctor-naturalists; he elucidated the life cycle of the lungfish, Neoceratodus forsteri
Sarcochilus dilatatus (= Sacrcochilus bancroftii) Brown Butterfly Orchid
Herman Beckler (1828 – 1914)
A general medical practitioner in Ipswich and Warwick (Queensland) and, after 1862, in Germany; in 1860, he travelled with the Burke and Wills expedition as a doctor–botanist and expeditioner in Victoria and New South Wales.
Dockrillia schoenina (= Dendrobium beckleri) or common name Pencil Orchid
Papillilabium beckleri or common name Imp Orchid
Ferdinand Von Mueller (1825 – 1896)
A qualified pharmacist in Rostock (Germany) who emigrated to Australia in 1847 and wrote extensively on the medicinal properties of plants; he was a founder of Australian botany and published over 800 articles on botany.
Habenaria ferdinandi – image and location
Charles Brightly Prentice (1820 – 1894)
A Brisbane surgeon, naturalist and botanical collector, a member of the Medical Board of Queensland, and an expert on Australian ferns.
Synonyms: Dendrobium prenticei, Davejonesia prenticei
Hans Herman Behr (1818 – 1904)
A physician, botanist, entomologist, lepidopterist, poet, writer, humourist and linguist.
Orchid species: Arachnorhis behrii Synonym: Caladenia behrii
Diuris behrii (also known as Golden Cowslips)
Edwin Daintrey (1814-1887)
A medical student who abandoned his medical career just before graduation; he emigrated to Sydney, where he practised as a solicitor, cofounded the Linnean Society of New South Wales, and was appointed honorary secretary of the Australian Library in Bent Street.
Orchid species: Pterostylis daintreana
Robert Brown (1773 -1858)
A Scottish-born and Edinburgh-trained surgeon, doctor-soldier, and the father of Australian botany; he was awarded the Copley Medal in 1839, then the world’s highest accolade in science.
Orchid species: Elythranthera brunonis (= Glossodia brunonis)
Archibald Menzies (1754 – 1842)
A British navy surgeon who circumnavigated the globe from west to east with Captain George Vancouver, in the tumultuous voyage of 1791 to 1974, explored extensively in south-west Western Australia, and was later president of the Linnean Society of London; his name is recorded in the names of banksias (including the firewood Banksia [Banksia menziesii]), orchids and mosses of the King George Sound hinterland which record his service to Australian botany.
Orchid species: Leptoceras menziesii (=Caladenia menziesii)
This orchid is the emblem of Native Orchid Society of South Australia
Having looked at the background, Professor Pearn documents the individual doctors and orchids. In the original paper the doctors were listed alphabetically but these posts will be in chronological order based upon the doctor’s year of birth.
Daniel Solander (1733 – 1782)
A medical student in Sweden and London, and botanist-librarian on the Endeavour voyage to Austalia (1769 – 1771); his name is commemorated in the names of Australian species of Aciacia, Banksia and Geraniums.
Orchid species: Orthoceras strictum (= Orthoceras solandri)
The type specimen is from New Zealand.