Collecting localities




Savinierre, Erd de la


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

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



French botanist, pupil of Prof. E. Bureau at Paris. In the years 1876-79 he made a voyage of exploration to Celebes and Java,1 charged by the French Government. The original idea was to collect material for a flora of Celebes. In his letters to France he complained of non-cooperation of the D.E. Indian Government and the Alfurs (natives of Celebes).

Polypodium sauvinieri Baker was named after him (cf. Backer, Verkl. Woordenb., 1936).


Collecting localities:

N. Celebes, Minahassa (c. June 11, 1876-May 1877): Manado, Likupang, Sukur and Sawaän; W. Java: Batavia (Aug. 28, 1877-May 1879), at Rangkasbetoeng, Tanahabang, Bangléo (Tjilingsi Distr., mangrove), Pegangsaän, etc.



It was evidently the intention to sell sets of his collections; before his departure several botanists and institutions subscribed, i.e.: Cosson, Boissier, Kew, Decandolle, Brussels, Petersburg, Leiden, Grisebach (Göttingen), Maximowicz, Dr Brehmer (Lübeck). Of these Leiden did not pay in advance, and to our knowledge no set is preserved there. His labels have the printed heading: ‘Erd de la Savinierre, Plantes des Moluques’. Other labels bear the heading: ‘Voyage a Célèbes et a Java, 1876-1879’.

Herb. Paris [P]: 755 nos from Celebes,2 and Java plants, in total c. 1600 nos; Herb. Kew [K]: Java, Celebes, 237 nos (acq. 1886); Herb. Bot. Gard. St Petersb. (= Leningrad [LE]): Celebes, Java, 242 nos (sometimes recorded sub Savinier or Savatier!); Herb. Brussels [BR]; Herb. Decand. (Geneva [G]): 236 Malaysian plants; Herb. Deless. (Geneva [G]); Herb. Univ. Zürich [Z].3



(1) cf. Tijdschr. K.N.A.G. 2, 1877, p. 56 (intended botanical voyage).

He is mentioned by A.G. Vorderman as a compatriot of F.A.C. Colfs (see there), in ‘Het journaal van Albert Colfs etc. (Batavia 1888) p. 1; from letters and other papers in the Arch. Herb. (Phanérog.) Paris it, however, seems evident that he was French, and not Belgian.

(2) cf. A. Decandolle, Phytographie, 1880, p. 446 (sub de la Savinière). No Java plants are mentioned in this book, but it is supposed that these reached Paris after the manuscript was closed. The 755 nos recorded from Celebes, probably included Java plants too, as to my knowledge no more than 600 odd numbers were collected in Celebes.

(3) cf. Engl. Bot. Jahrb. 55, 1918, p. 68.