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Henry Fletcher Hance

Henry Fletcher Hance

Henry Fletcher Hance (4 Aug 1827 – 22 June 1886) was a British diplomat who devoted his spare time to the study of Chinese plants.

Born in London, his first appointment was to Hong Kong in 1844. He later became vice-consul to Whampoa, consul to Canton, and finally consul to Xiamen, where he died in 1886. In 1873, Hance published a supplement to George Bentham's 1861 Flora Hongkongensis [es].[1]

He found, named and described (in Latin) Iris speculatrix in 1875.[1][2] He was the taxonomic author of many plants.[3] In 1857 Berthold Carl Seemann named the genus Hancea (family Euphorbiaceae) in his honour.[4]

Hance is buried with his wife Charlotte in Hong Kong Cemetery.[5]


  1. ^ "Thema: Die Planzengattung Iris ... (Gelesen 5316 mal)". Retrieved 13 January 2015.
  2. ^ "Journal of Botany British and Foreign". Retrieved 15 January 2015.
  3. ^ IPNI List of plants described and co-described by Hance.
  4. ^ BHL Taxonomic literature : a selective guide to botanical publications
  5. ^ Lim, Patricia (5 May 2011). "List of Burials ordered by Name". Retrieved 17 January 2015.
  6. ^ IPNI.  Hance.

7. Fan, Fa-ti. British Naturalists in Qing China: Science, Empire, and Cultural Encounter (Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 2004), pp.68-72.