Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria
Born at Hampton, Vic., 1 April 1926.
Alex Floyd was brought up in a home where he was given every encouragement to develop his interest in plant life. In 1947 he entered the University of Melbourne where he excelled in botany, and his aptitude continued to be shown when he moved to the Australian Forestry School in Canberra in 1949.
His career has included service with the Department of Forestry in Papua New Guinea and 30 years with the Forestry Commission of New South Wales. He was listed in the 'N.S.W. Public Service List' as from 2 April 1951 and shown as a forester as from 6 February 1956.
Because of Alex Floyd's outstanding knowledge of rainforest flora, the Forestry Commission arranged for his secondment to the New South Wales National Parks and Wildlife Service so that he could undertake a review of the conservation status of the State's rainforest communities. He retired from the Public Service in 1988.
He was active in starting the North Coast Regional Botanic Gardens at Coffs Harbour, and the herbarium he built up during his time at Forestry was transferred to this botanic gardens after his retirement.
Floyd has an expert knowledge of the rainforest flora and his 'N.S.W. Rainforest Trees' in ten parts (1960-80) issued in 'Research Notes' of the Commission, provides a comprehensive account of a large number of species.
Two genera are named in his honour:
Floydia L. Johnson and B. Briggs [Floydia praealta (F. Muell.) L. Johnson and B. Briggs]
Alexfloydia B.K.Simon [Alexfloydia repens B.K.Simon]
Several species are named in his honour:
Acacia floydii Tind.
Bosistoa floydii T.G.Hartley
Cryptocarya floydii Kosterm.
Endiandra floydii B.Hyland
Homoranthus floydii Craven & S.R.Jones
Zieria floydii J.A.Armstr.
Several hours of oral history spoken by Alex is available at the National Library of Australia.
Source: collated from a range of sources, including Floyd, A.G. (1990; dust jacket) 'Australian rainforests in New South Wales'
Hall, N. (1984) Botanists of the Acacias (CSIRO: Melbourne)
Portrait image: B&W print supplied by Alex Floyd for Wrigley & Fagg Proteaceae book, 1988
Data from 3,206 specimens