Biographical data


Céré, Jean-Nicolas (de)


(Source: Flora Malesiana ser. 1, 5: Cyclopaedia of collectors, Supplement I)

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



Monsieur Céré is mentioned in Roxburgh, Hort. Beng. 1814, as a donor of several plants from Sumatra (1802), S. America (1810), Malabar, and Bourbon, to the Calcutta Garden. This will be Jean-Nicolas (de) Céré (1737-1810) who assisted P. Poivre with the cultivation of spice plants in Isle-de-France (Mauritius). In 1774 or 1775, some years after the latters return to France, Céré was appointed Director of the then Royal Garden at Monplaisir. He raised numerous peppers, clove, cinnamon, and nutmeg trees which he distributed all over the French neighbouring islands. Later he expanded his activities, introduced useful plants from the Malaysian region, China, America, etc., and sent living plants to many countries. He certainly never visited Sumatra.


biographical data:

Ann. Mus. Hist. Nat. Paris 16, 1810, p. 329-337.

Madel. Lytio-Fans (ed.): ‘Mauritius and the Spice Trade. The Odyssey of Pierre Poivre’ (Pub’. no 4 of Mauritius Arch. Publ. Fund 1958, w. portr. facing p. 100).