Collecting localities



Biographical data


Hombron, Jacques Bernard


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

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


Born: 1798* or 1800**, Paris, France. Died: 1852, between Senegal and Europe o/b a tradingship.

(*) According to Backer, Verklarend Woordenb., 1936.

(**) According to Hist. du Voyage Astrolabe & Zélée 1, 1841.



Surgeon-botanist with a French expedition (see below) under command of Dumont d’Urville (see there). In 1851 he was stationed at Senegal, from where invalided home, passing away during the voyage. Some plants were named after him.


Collecting localities:

Voyage in ‘L’Astrolabe et La Zé-lee’, 1837-40.1 Sailing from Toulon (Sept. 7, 1837); Teneriffe, S. America, South Sea Islands; Philippines: S. Mindanao (Jan. 21, 1839); past the Sangibe Isls to the Moluccas: Ternate (Jan. 29-31, climbing the Peak), Ambon (Febr. 5-18; visit to the mountains in the NE. part),2 Banda group (21-24, e.g. P. Pisang and G. Api); sailing for Australia, Port Essington; Aroe Islands: anchoring near Dobo (P. Wamar, Apr. 17), making trips to Wakan (= ? Wokam), Trangan, etc.; sailing (21) for SW. New Guinea (Vogelkop): Triton Bay and Fort du Bus (Apr. 23-29); E. Ceram: Waroe (May 7-8); SW. Celebes: Makassar (May 22-27); S. Borneo: near Bandjermasin (June 2); W. Java: Batavia (9-18, of which 15-17 at Buitenzorg); Singapore (June 27-July 1); W. Borneo: Sambas (July 8); Philippines: Solo (= prob. Sulu) Isls, Bewan (21-24); Mindanao, Samboangan (= Zamboanga) (July 28-Aug. 5); sailing along the coast of E. Borneo (some times going ashore, on Sept. 1 etc.); P. Laoet (SE of Borneo) (Sept. 14); Java: Semarang (24-29), Batavia (Oct. 4-5); S. Sumatra: Lampong Distr., on the road of Radja Bassa (8-9); Tasmania, Southsea, Auckland Islands, etc.; Loyalty Isls; the Louisiades; S. New Guinea: Torres Strait (May 29-June 11, 1840), visiting Warrior Isl. etc.; Timor: Koepang (June 21-25) ; via Bourbon and St Helena returning to Toulon (Nov. 6, 1840).



Herb. Paris [P];3 dupl. in Herb. Deless. (Geneva [G]). During the expedition some plants were collected by Dumont d’Urville, Guillou, and Jacquinot (see those).

Hombron & Jacquinot collected in the following localities in the Malaysian region: Ternate (80 nos), Ambon (30), Banda (peak of G. Api, 10 nos), Ceram (Warrow = Waroe, 30 nos), Îles Arrou (= Aroe Isls, Wamar, 30 nos), Triton Bay (SW. New Guinea, 60 nos from the coast region), Makassar (SW. Celebes, interior, 40 nos), Borneo (near the coast, 40 nos), Singapore (5), Soulou (= Sulu Islands, 5 nos), Zamboangan (Mindanao, 60 nos), Java (Buitenzorg and Semarang, 80 nos), Sumatra (Lampong Bay, 30 nos), Timor (Coupang and S of it, 50 nos); besides some Algae in Warrior Isl. (Torres Strait) and Île de Leyden (= P. Leiden, Bay of Batavia).4

Hombron published part of the zoological results of the expedition too.

Drawings of the expedition (unsigned) in Libr. Nat. Hist. Mus. Paris.



(1) J.S.C. Dumont d’Urville: ‘Voyage an Pôle Sud et dans l’Océanie Sur les Corvettes L’Astrolabe et La Zélée, 1837-1840’. Histoire du voyage (Paris 1841-46, 10 vols; 2 vols atlas by J. Dumontier, 1844).

cf. also liter. sub Guillou.

(2) cf. extract from his journal ‘Course dans les montagnes d’Amboine etc.’ (Ann. Marit. et Colon. 283, partie non officielle, 1843, p. 391-419).

(3) J.B. Hombron & H. Jacquinot: ‘Botanique du voyage etc.’ (Paris 1845-53 + atlas). J.F.C. Montagne: ‘Plantes cellulaires’ (vol. l l.c., 1845); J. Decaisne: ‘Plantes vasculaires’ (vol. 2 l.c., 1853).

cf. Notices on the plates of the botanical part in Hook. Lond. Journ. Bot. 3, 1844, p. 127-130, and l.c. 4, 1845, p. 28-30.

B.D. Jackson: ‘Note on the botanical plates of the Expedition of the “Astrolabe and the Zélée”’ (Journ. Bot. 26, 1888, p. 269-272).

A. Finet: ‘Orchidée nouvelle d’Amboine’ (Not. Syst. 2, 1913, p. 253-255).

(4) cf. List in Arch. Herb. (Phanérog.) Paris.


biographical data:

Backer, Verkl. Woordenb., 1936.