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Biographical entry Cavanilles, Antonio Jose (1745 - 1804)

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


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.



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

Published resources

Encyclopedia of Australian Science Exhibitions


  • Cavanilles, Antonio José, Icones et descriptiones plantarum [six volumes], J. Cramer, Lehre, 1965. Details
  • Wrigley, J. and Fagg, M., Eucalypts: A Celebration, Allen & Unwin, Crows Nest Australia, 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, vol. 98, no. 5, 1981, pp. 191-194. Details

Online 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, CSIRO, Melbourne, 1978, 101 pp. Details

Christine Moje and Neville Walsh