Collecting localities



Biographical data


Meyen, Franz Julius Ferdinand


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


Born: 1804, Tilsit, F. Prussia, Germany. Died: 1840, Berlin, Germany.



A plant physiologist1 who originally studied medicine (M.D. in 1826). He served as a surgeon on a German voyage round the world (see below). When back in Europe, he was appointed professor at Berlin.

He is commemorated in the genus Meyenia.


Collecting localities:

Voyage in the ‘Prinzess Louise’, 1830-32.2 Sailing from Hamburg (Sept. 7, 1830); Brazil, Cape Horn, Chili, Peru, China; Philippines, Luzon: bay of Manila at Cavite (Sept. 14, 1831), Manila (15), to St. Matheo (21) and trips in the environs, back to Manila (24), by land via Santa Ana to Pasig (29), by boat to Laguna de Bay and Hali-Hali (30), Isl. Talim (Oct. 1), Mt Sembrano (5), Rio Tabacuano (7) and back to Manila (9); departing (15) to China; passing Sunda Strait; Cape of Good Hope, St Helena; back at Cuxhafen (Apr. 19, 1832).



Herb. Berl. [B]: 1353 species (2188 specimens) of the voyage in the ‘Prinzess Louise’ (purch. 1842).3 Herb. Brit. Mus. [BM]: mosses and hepatics from Luzon (with Herb. Hampe); Herb. Univ. Kiel [KIEL]: collection from Chili and the Philippines; Herb. Leiden [L]: Algae; dupl. of grasses in Herb. Acad. Sci. Leningrad [LE] (pres. with Trinius Agrostotheca in 1841); Herb. Martius (=Brussels [BR]).



(1) Author of ‘Phytotomie’ (Berlin 1830); ‘Neues System der Pflanzen-Physiologie’ (Berlin 1837-39); and of many other publications, cf. Pritzel, Thes. Lit. Bot., 1872.

(2) F.J.F. Meyen: ‘Reise um die Erde auf dem Kön. Preuss. Seehandlungs-Schiffe Prinzess Louise, commandirt von Capitän W. Wendt in den Jahren 1830, 1831 and 1832’ (Berlin 1834-35, 2 vols).

(3) F.J.F. Meyen: ‘Observationes botanicae. Beiträge zur Botanik gesammelt auf einer Reise um die Erde’ (Nova Acta Leop. Car. Nat. Cur. vol. 19, suppl. 1, 1843, xxxii + p. 1-512, pl. 1-13; contributed by Miquel, Nees von Esenbeck, etc.).

For the Chinese species cf. Merrill in Journ. Arn. Arbor. 18, 1937, p. 54-77.

In the sub 2 mentioned book Meyen incidentally named and described plants.

A remaining part of the collection was worked out in Warburg, Monsunia, 1900. 


biographical data:

Meyen, Observ. botan. etc., l.c. p. xiii-xxxii; Tijdschr. Nat. Gesch. & Physiol. 8, 1841, boekbeschouwing etc. p. 3-38; Pritzel, Thes. Lit. Bot., 1872; Bretschneider, Hist. Bot. Discov. China, 1898, p. 302-303; Backer, Verkl. Woordenb., 1936.