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Née, Luis


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

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

(Source: Flora Malesiana ser. 1, 8: Cyclopaedia of collectors, Supplement II)


Born: France.



Botanist of a Spanish expedition round the world (see below), partly accompanied by Haenke and Pineda. In 1784 he founded a Botanical Garden at Pamplona (Spain). For additional information and a correction cf. sub Haenke.

Author of some small botanical papers.1

He is commemorated ín the genus Neea Ruiz & Pavon.


Collecting localities:

Malaspina’ Expedition, 1789-94.2 Leaving Cadiz (July 30, 1789) for America, exploring part of it; sailing (Dec. 1791) via the Marianas to the Philippines: Luzon (March-Dec. 1792) (detailed itiner. cf. sub Haenke); 2nd stay in America; returning in Spain in Sept. 1794.



Herb. Bot. Gard. Madrid [MA]: 10.000 nos, no duplicates distributed.3 His drawings and MSS are at Madrid too.4 Ferns in Herb. Cavanilles (Madrid [MA]).5

Four thousand of the collected specimens were considered new. Much of the collection of Née at Madrid still remains unidentified. A few species were described from his Philippine material by Cavanilles and still fewer by Lagasca and by himself.6 Several of the localities mentioned on the labels are false.7

According to Mr A.H.G. Alston (in litt.) Née’s collection in Madrid is arranged geographically and contains over 1000 Philippine specimens.



(1) L. Née: ‘Del abacá, que es is Musa textilis’ (Anal. Cienc. Nat. 4, 1801, p. 123-130); ‘De la Pistia Stratiotes’ (l.c. 5, 1802, p. 76-82); ‘Del Buyo’ (l.c. 6, 1803, p. 289-297; and some in Konig & Sims Ann. Bot. 1, 1805 and 2, 1806.

For itinerary in Alaska cf. Bot. Not. 1940, p. 297.

(2) A. Malaspina: ‘Viajo politico-científico alrededor del mando por las corbetas Descubierta y Atrevida al mando de los capitanes de navió D. Alejandro Malaspina y Don José de Bustamante & Guerra desde 1789 a 1794’ (1885).

(3) cf. Lasègue, Mus. Bot. Deless., 1845, p. 348, 451-452; Merrill in Philip. Journ. Sci. C. Bot. 7, 1912, p. 365.

(4) cf. Colmeiro, La botanica y los botanicos etc., 1858, p. 48-49.

(5) cf. Christensen in Dansk Bot. Ark. 9, 1937, p. 4-5. A certain number of the collected ferns, were described and published by Cavanilles in his ‘Description de las Plantas’ (1802-03).

(6) cf. Merrill in ‘Discussion and Bibliography of Philip. flow. plants’ (Manila 1926, Enum. Philip. Fl. Pl. vol. 4) p. 47, who mentions in this connexion A.J. Cavanilles: ‘Icones et descriptiones plantarum, quae gut sponte in Hispania crescent, gut in hortis hospitantur’ 1-6 (1791-1801), t. 1-600. The latter work mostly deals with S. American plants.

(7) cf. E.D. Merrill: ‘Genera and species erroneously credited to the Philippine flora’ (Philip. Journ. Sci. C. Bot. 10, 1915, p. 171-194).


biographical data:

Colmeiro, La botanico y los botanicos etc., 1858, p. 183; In Hemsley & Hooker, Biol. Centr. Amer. 4, 1887, p. 119; Catal. Scient. Pap. 4, p. 582-583; Urban, Symb. Antif., 3, 1902-03, p. 92.


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