Royen, Adriaan van


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


Born: 1704, Leiden, Holland. Died: 1779, Leiden, Holland.



From 1732-55 Professor of Botany and Medicine at Leiden University, from 1755-75 exclusively of Medicine.

Author of some botanical papers.1

Melastoma royeni Blume was named after him (cf. Backer, Verkl. Woordenb., 1936).



Herb. Leiden [L]; in Herb. Brit. Mus. [BM]: plants from the East Indies (ex Herb. Banks); also plants in Herb. Burman (= Herb. Deless. (Geneva [G]) & Leiden [L]); he forwarded plants to Linnaeus too.2 His herbarium was used by Blume, when the latter worked out the Melastomaceae.3

He never visited the Indies; probably plants from there were sent to him, and inserted into his own herbarium without mentioning the actual collector.



(1) cf. Pritzel, Thes. Lit. Bot., 1872.

(2) cf. Lasègue, Mus. Bot. Deless., 1845, p. 66 and p. 358; A. Decandolle, Phytographie, 1880, p. 445.

(3) cf. Flora 15, 1831, p. 473.