Alexandre François Malbranche

Alexandre François Malbranche (6 April 1818, Bernay, Eure – 16 May 1888, Rouen) was a French pharmacist, botanist and mycologist. He is known for his botanical and mycological studies associated with Normandy,

He received his education in Rouen, where he subsequently spent his career as a pharmacist.[1] He served as president of the Société des amis des sciences de Rouen,[2] and for several years was a member of the Société botanique de France (1879–1888).[3]

He was the author of treatises on lichens, fungi, teratology in plants, Darwinism and on the botanical genus Rubus. As a taxonomist, he co-circumscribed a number of Rubus species.[4] The mycological genus Malbranchea was named in his honor by Pier Andrea Saccardo (1882).[5]

Selected worksEdit

  • Catalogue des plantes cellulaires et vasculaires de la Seine-inférieure, 1864 – Catalog of cellular and vascular plants of Seine-Inférieure.
  • Catalogue descriptif des lichens de la Normandie : classés d'après la méthode du Dr. Nylander, 1870 – Descriptive catalog on lichens of Normandy.
  • Le transformisme, ses origines, ses principes, ses impossibilités, 1874 – Transformism, origins, principles, impossibilities.[6]
  • Essai sur les Rubus normands, 1875 – Essay on Rubus found in Normandy.
  • Contributions à l'étude monographique du genre Graphis, 1884 – Contributions to the study of the lichen genus Graphis.[7]


  1. ^ Google Books Annals of Botany, Volume 2, edited by Sir Isaac Bayley Balfour, Roland Thaxter, Vernon Herbert Blackman
  2. ^ Google Books Revue mycologique, Volume 4, Issues 13-16.
  3. ^ Prosopo Sociétés savantes de France
  4. ^ IPNI List of plants described & co-described by Malbranche.
  5. ^ Biodiversity Heritage Library Taxonomic literature : a selective guide to botanical publications
  6. ^ OCLC Classify publications
  7. ^ (bibliography)
  8. ^ IPNI.  Malbr.