Collecting localities



Biographical data


Baudin, Thomas Nicolas


(Source: Flora Malesiana ser. 1, 1: Cyclopaedia of collectors)

(Source: Flora Malesiana ser. 1, 8: Cyclopaedia of collectors, Supplement II)


Born: 1754, Saint-Martin-de Rhé. Died: Sept. 16, 1803, Isle de France.



Joined the French navy in 1774, Captain, leader of several French expeditions round the world.

He is commemorated in the genus Baudinia Lesch.


Collecting localities:

1793-95. Visiting China, Sunda Islands, etc.; during the voyage home he was forced to touch at the island La Trinité.1-1796-98. Accompanied by Ledru and Riedlé (see there) to the Canary Islands, Teneriffe, La Trinité, Isl. St Thomas, Sainte-Croix and Porto-Rico.1-2-1800-04. Voyage in ‘Le Naturaliste’ and ‘Le Géographe’.3 cf. sub Leschenault (other members: Guichenot, Riedlé, Sautier, Péron).



Herb. Kew [K]: Australia 647 nos (acq. 1880); Herb. Paris [P]; Herb. Decand. (Geneva [G]) ± 620 nos4 (in the ms. Catalogue 820!, incl. 220 Timor plants); Herb. Jussieu (= Paris [P]; Brit. Mus. [BM] (with Herb. Banks): Australia specimens.

Baudin left his collection of 1793-95 in La Trinité, presented the same when home again, to the French Government, intending to fetch it on his next voyage; when coming again he was, however, denied the consent to bring it back to France.1

The expedition 1796-98 was outside the territory dealt with in this publication. The collection of Baudin’s expedition 1800-04 included 4 cases of dried plants, 3 large casks of specimens of timber, 2 boxes of seeds, and 60 tubs of living plants.5



(1) cf. Lasègue, Mus. Bot. Deless., 1845, p. 490-491.

(2) A.P. Ledru: ‘Voyage aux iles de Teneriffe, La Trinité, St. Thomas, Sainte-Croix et Porto-Ricco exécuté etc. depuis le 30 Sept. 1796 jusqu’au 7 juin 1798, sous la direction du capt. Baudin etc.’ (Notes et add. par M. Sonnini; Paris 1810, 2 vols).

(3) Captain Baudin wrote several letters to de Jussieu, which were published in the Ann. Mus. Hist. Nat. Paris. One from Timor was published in l.c. 3, 1804, p. 475-476.

F. Péron & L. Freycinet: ‘Voyage de découvertes aux terres Australes etc. Sur les corvettes le "Géographe", le "Naturaliste", etc. (Paris 1807-16, 2 vols + atlas).

(4) cf. A. Decandolle, Phytographie, 1880, p. 394.

(5) cf. Maiden in Rep. Australas. Assoc. Advane. Sci. 13, (1911) 1912, p. 225.


biographical data:

Pretzel, Thes. Lit. Bot., 1872; Urban, Symb. Ant., 3, 1902-03, p. 20; J. de Coussanges: ‘Thomas-Nicolas Baudin, explorateur (1754-1803)’ (in ‘Les Contemporains’, 16 pp. + portr., without date); A.A. Prestwich, I name this Parrot, 1963, p. 6-7.