Biographical data


Chaffanjon, Jean


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

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


Born: 1854, Arnas, Rhône, France. Died: Sept. 7, 1913, P. Tjitlim betw. Malacca and Sumatra.



Assistant Naturalist of the Lyons Museum, 1881-82; teacher in Natural History at Saint-Pierre, Martinique, 1882-84; from 1891-94 in France; he made several travels in S. America between 1884-90; in 1894-96 an expedition in Centr. Asia, making mainly ethnographical, zoological and geological collections, but a small botanical one too. After the termination of the expedition, he founded a firm at Wladiwostok, which enterprise failed in consequence of the Sino-Japanese war. He subsequently went to Indo-China, where he settled as a planter; after a visit to the Malay region, especially with a view to inspecting new rubber estates, he settled in P. Boulang in Malacca Straits.

He is commemorated in Callicarpa chaffanjoni Lév.



When at Singapore (about 1904), he forwarded 6 cases, containing living orchids, collected on a tour to Borneo, Sumatra and Java, to Paris (received in the beginning of 1905).1

In 1908, when still in P. Boulang, he sent living plants (orchids etc.) from the Botanic Gardens of Singapore and Buitenzorg, and from elsewhere, to Paris.2



(1) cf. Bull. Mus. Hist. Nat. Paris 11, 1905, p. 130.

(2) See ‘Archives Nationales’, Paris, AJ15 555.


biographical data:

Bull. Mus. Hist. Nat. Paris 19, 1913, p. 411-415; In ‘Arch. Nation.’ Paris AJ15 555; Ann. Soc. Bet. Lyon 49, 1915, p. 165-168.