Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria
Trained as a horticulturalist in Germany, Betche arrived in Sydney in 1881 and almost immediately was appointed collector for the Sydney Botanic Gardens, New South Wales. Promoted to Botanic Assistant (to Maiden) from 1897. With C.Moore he wrote The Handbook of the Flora of New South Wales (1893) and with J.H.Maiden, Census of New South Wales Plants (1916), published after his death. He cooperated with Maiden on various short notes on the flora of New South Wales, and himself published on Goodeniaceae. His herbarium is to be found in NSW.
Source: extracted from: A.E.Orchard (1999) A History of Systematic
Botany in Australia, in Flora of Australia Vol.1, 2nd ed.,
ABRS. [consult for source references]
Portrait Photo: Maiden, J.H. (1921) Records of Australian Botanists, J. Proc. Roy. Soc. NSW, Vol. LV, Plate IX
Botanist. Visited Samoa, Tonga, Marshal & Caroline Is., 1880, then via Cooktown (collecting there Aug.1881) to Sydney, NSW, Arrived 1881. Collector (including mosses) for BotanicGardens 26 Sept. 1881-3 Mar. 1897, then botanical assistant until his death.Collected around Sydney most years, Dubbo, Blue Mtns Dec. 1881, '82, '83,Gloucester Jan. 1882, Warrumbungle Ras 1883, Bondi 1883, Parramatta Dec. 1883, Narrabri 1883, '86, Richmond R. 1884, Warrego R. Sept. 1885, Mudgee1885' Tenterfield Feb. 1886, Tempe Aug. 1886, Nevertire Sept. 1886, GlenInnes, Gunnedah, Girilambone, Wellington Oct. 1886, Bolivia Nov. 1886,Bourke Nov. 1887, Cooma Dec. 1890, Wallangarra Dec. 1891, Brown MtnFeb. 1893, Lawson Aug. 1895, C. Byron Mar. 1896, Casino 1896, Yarrang-obilly Caves Feb. 1897, Kiandra Feb. 1897, Walcha Dec. 1898, MelbourneSept. 1898, Apsley Dec. 1898.
Specimens at B, BRI, E, K, LY, MEL, NSW,PERTH, also a large collection in Calif. Acad. Sciences, San Francisco.
Published (with C.Moore) Handbook of the Flora of New South Wales (1893); (withJ.H.Maiden) Census of New South Wales Plants (1916), & papers in Proc. Unn. Soc.NSW
Portraits: Maiden (1921) pi. ix; Gilbert (2001) facing p. 103.
Commemorated in Betchea, Aglaia, Bulbophyllum, Corysanthes, Jasminum, Oncino-caljx, Philostema.
Source: George, A.S. (2009) Australian Botanist's Companion, Four Gables Press, WA. [consult for source references]