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Biographical entry Desfontaines, Rene Louiche (1752 - 1833)

Born
14 February 1752
Tremblay, France
Died
16 November 1833
Paris, France
Occupation
Botanist and Taxonomist

Summary

Rene Desfontaines was appointed Professor of Botany in the Jardin des Plantes in 1786. His association with Australia was through his description of a large number of plants brought back to France by Baudin's expedition of 1801-1803. This expedition visited coastal areas from north-western Western Australia to South Australia, as well as calling at King Island in Bass Strait and Port Jackson, New South Wales. He did not visit Australia.

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Events

1804
Taxonomy event - Eucalyptus angustifolia Desf. (= Eucalyptus viminalis Labill. (1806))
1829
Taxonomy event - Eucalyptus populifolia Desf. (= Eucalyptus tereticornis Sm. (1793))
1829
Taxonomy event - Eucalyptus perfoliata Desf. (= Eucalyptus globulus Labill. (1799))
1829
Taxonomy event - Eucalyptus discolor Desf. (name only = Eucalyptus pilularis Sm. (1797))
1829
Taxonomy event - Eucalyptus pulchella Desf.

Published resources

Encyclopedia of Australian Science Exhibitions

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 & Neville Walsh