Biographical data


Ventenat, Louis


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


Born: 1765, Limoges, France. Died: 1794, Île de France (Mauritius).



Roman Catholic priest who, at the instigation of his brother, the botanist E. P. Ventenat, joined the expedition of Bruny d’Entrecasteaux (in search of the expedition of la Pérouse; Itiner. and Liter. cf. sub Billardière), as chaplain-naturalist.

In October 1793 they reached Soerabaja, where the ships were transferred to the Dutch Government, and Ventenat and other members imprisoned, first at Soerabaja, later at Semarang. In the latter place Ventenat fell seriously ill, and was granted the permission of the Governor of Semarang to depart for Île de France, in which island he died shortly after.

He is commemorated in Peperomia ventenatii Miq.



What remains of his collections is in Herb. Deless. (Geneva [G]), it was presented together with part of the collection of Lahaie (see there).


biographical data:

Backer, Verkl. Woordenb., 1936.