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Amos C. Hartless

1888 - 1941
Kew gardener, 1888.
Dates of birth and death unknown.
At Royal Botanic Garden, Calcutta, 1889. To Mungpu, c.1900. Superintendent, Government Gardens, Poona, 1903; Government Gardens, Saharanpur, c. 1906–20. Left India in 1923. Author with particular reference to Indian horticulture.

Entered Kew on 8 June 1888, leaving the following March. He proceeded to the Royal Botanic Gardens in Calcutta where he served with the late G.T. Lane, Robert Louis Proudlock and H.J. Davies. He soon became assistant in the Government Cinchona Plantations at Mungpoo. In 1903 he became Superintendent of the Government Gardens at Poona. In 1906 he again transferred to take charge of the Government Gardens at Saharanpur, remaining there until 1920 when he retired from the Indian Colonial Service, returning to settle down in Wimbledon, England.

He wrote many articles with particular reference to Indian horticulture.

His drawings are at Kew.


Desmond, R. (1994), Dictionary of British and Irish Botanists and Horticulturists, Taylor & Francis & The Natural History Museum, London, p. 323.

Dunk, E.G. (1942), In Memoriam, Amos C. Hartless, Journal of The Kew Guild for 1941, 89.

Burkill, I.H. (1962), Chapters on the History of Botany in India. IV. The Royal Gardens at Kew begin to guide the direction of Botany in India, Journal of the Bombay Natural History Society 59 (2): 357.