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Biographical entry Decaisne, Joseph (1807 - 1882)

7 March 1807
Brussels, Belgium
8 February 1882
Paris, France


Joseph Decaisne was considered the leading French botanist in his time. Some consider his pomological works more important than his botanical monographs. He described plants collected on the expedition of the Venus (1836-1839), the material collected being from the coast of Western Australia and the south coast of Australia. Several Australian plants were named in his honour, notably the desert sheoak Casuarina decaisneana F.Muell. (1858). Decaisne described many plant species in many genera, mostly not Australian.

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  • Blake, S.T., 'Botanical contributions of the Northern Australia Regional Survey: 1. Studies on Northern Australian species of Eucalyptus.', Australian Journal of Botany, 1 (2) (1953), 185-352. "E.decaisneana Bl. in Mus.Bot. Lugd.-Bat. 1: 83 (1849) was treated as a synonym of E. alba by Maiden (Crit. Rev. Eucalyptus 3: 92-3 (1915) ) and Blakely (Key Eucalypts 516 (1934)) …" (Blake, 1953, p. 280). Details
  • 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

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