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Biographical entry Cavanilles, Antonio Jose (1745 - 1804)

Born
16 January 1745
Valencia, Spain
Died
4 May 1804
Madrid, Spain
Occupation
Botanist and Taxonomist

Summary

A leading taxonomic botanist in Spain, Antonio Cavanilles described a number of Australian plants, including the genus Angophora (closely related to Corymbia and Eucalyptus) in his six-volume work Icones et Descriptiones Plantarum (1791-1801). Corymbia is regarded by some, particularly Ian Brooker, as a subgenus of Eucalyptus, but retained as distinct by most botanists.

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Events

1791
Taxonomy event - Described the genus Angophora Cav.
1791 - 1801
Career event - Illustration of his work Descriptiones Plantarum
1797
Taxonomy event - Eucalyptus salicifolia Cav.
1797
Taxonomy event - Eucalyptus racemosa Cav.
1797
Taxonomy event - Eucalyptus corymbosa Cav. (= Eucalyptus gummifera (Gaertn.) Hochr. (1925))
1798
Taxonomy event - Eucalyptus platypodos Cav. (= Eucalyptus botryoides Sm. (1797))

Published resources

Encyclopedia of Australian Science Exhibitions

Books

  • Cavanilles, Antonio José, Icones et descriptiones plantarum [six volumes] (Lehre: J. Cramer, 1965). Details
  • Wrigley, J. and Fagg, M., Eucalypts: A Celebration (Crows Nest Australia: Allen & Unwin, 2010), 344 pp. Details

Journal Articles

  • Salkin, A. I., 'Short History of the Discovery and Naming of Banksias in Eastern Australia: Part 4, The Abbe Antonia Jose Cavanilles, Robert Brown and Franz W. Sieber', Victorian Naturalist, 98 (5) (1981), 191-194. Details

Resources

See also

  • Hall, Norman, Botanists of the Eucalypts: short biographies of people who have named eucalypts, whose names have been given to species or who have collected type material (Melbourne: CSIRO, 1978), 101 pp. Details

Christine Moje and Neville Walsh