Collecting localities



Biographical data


Balansa, Benjamin


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


Born: 1825, Narbonne, France. Died: 1892, Hanoi, Indo-China.



A naturalist of Toulouse, who made extensive botanical explorations in N. Africa (1848, 1852, 1853), Asia Minor (1855-56), Morocco (1866-67), New Caledonia (1868-72), Paraguay (1877-85), and Tonkin (1885-1891).


Collecting localities:1 

In Nov. 1886 he collected at least in Singapore (11); and in W. Java: at the base of G. Salak (16), at Bandoeng, and at Tjibodas on the slope of Mt Gedeh (25).



Numbered collections of the East in Herb. Cosson and de Franqueville at Paris [P], Decand. and Boiss. at Geneva [G], Herb. Cesati at Naples [NAP], Mus. Nat. Hist. Nancy [NCY], Imp. Acad. St Petersburg (778 nos) [LE], Herb. Thuret with Mr Bornet, Vienna [W], Univers. Heidelberg [HEID];2 some Malaysian dupl. in Herb. Leiden [L], and his herbarium left (purch.) of Gramineae, and plants from Tonkin and Paraguay.



(1) cf. Henrard in Meded. ‘s Rijksherbarium Leiden no 61, 1930, and Koorders, Exkursionsflora, 1, p. 148, and specimens in Herb. Leiden.

(2) cf. A. Decandolle, Phytographie, 1880.


biographical data:

Rev. de Bot. 10, 1892, p. 661-664; Rev. Mycol. 14, 1892, p. 88; ‘Flore générale de l’Indo-Chine’ tome prélim. 1944, p. 34; G. Astre, La vie de Benjamin Balansa (Mus. Hist. Nat. Toulouse 1947).