Collecting localities



Biographical data

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Lecomte, Henri


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

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


Born: 1856, Saint Nabord near Épinal, Dept Vosges, France. Died: 1934, Paris, France.



From 1884-1904 teacher in natural history at Paris, and from 1906 until his retirement in 1931 Professor of Botany and Director of the Natural History Museum at Paris. He travelled in the French Congo, Egypt, Morocco, and the Far East; together with his collaborator Dr A. Finet (see there) he visited Java.1 The ‘Flore Génér. de l’Indochine’ was edited by him

A Viola and other plants were named after him.


Collecting localities:

1911. Visiting Singapore Botanic Gardens; W. Java: Buitenzorg, 5 weeks’ stay (Aug.-Sept.),2 visiting Tjibodas on the slopes of Mt Gedeh, and Mt Salak.



Herb. Paris [P]: 500 nos from Java coll. Lecomte & Finet.



(1) H. Lecomte: ‘Voyage botanique en extrême Orient’ (Mém. Soc. Hist. Nat. Autun vol. 25-26, 1912-13, 77 pp., 21 fig.); ‘Le jardin botanique de Buitenzorg’ (Bull. Mus. Hist. Nat. 18, 1912, p. 86-91).

(2) cf. Dammerman in Ann. Jard. Bot. Buit. 45, 1935, p. 36.


biographical data:

Bull. Soc. Bot. Fr. 81, 1934, p. 472-474; Chron. Bot. l, 1935, p. 125 portr.; Backer, Verkl. Woordenb., 1936; in ‘Flore génér. de l’Indo-Chine’ tome prélim. 1944, p. 44 portr. pl. XII; Adansonia 2, 1962, p. 147-159, portr.


photo gallery:

J. Léandri. 1962. Deux grands artisans de la floristicque tropicale: Henri Lecomte (1856-1934) et Achille Finet (1863-1913). Adansonia 2: 147—158