Pierre Edmond Boissier

Pierre Edmond Boissier (25 May 1810 Geneva – 25 September 1885 Valeyres-sous-Rances) was a Swiss prominent botanist, explorer and mathematician[citation needed]. He was the son of Jacques Boissier (1784-1857) and Caroline Butini (1786-1836), daughter of Pierre Butini (1759-1838) a well-known physician and naturalist from Geneva. With his sister, Valérie Boissier (1813-1894), he received a strict education with lessons delivered in Italian and Latin. Edmond's interest in natural history stemmed from holidays in the company of his mother and his grandfather, Pierre Butini at Valeyres-sous-Rances. His hikes in the Jura and the Alps laid the foundation of his zest for later exploration and adventure. He attended a course at the Academy of Geneva given by Augustin Pyramus de Candolle.

Portrait of Edmond Boissier

Edmond Boissier collected extensively in Europe, North Africa and western Asia, on occasion accompanied by his daughter, Caroline Barbey-Boissier (1847-1918) and her husband, William Barbey (1842-1914), who collected in their own right for their Herbier Barbey-Boissier in Geneva. Edmond Boissier covered countries such as France, Greece, Italy, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Balearic Islands, Switzerland, Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Armenia, Palestine, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria and Turkey. His specimens are held at the following herbaria: AK, AWH, B, BERN, BM, BORD, BP, BR, C, CAS, CGE, CN, DBN, E, E-GL, F, FABR, FI, FR, G, GE, GH, GOET, H, HAL, JE, K, KIEL, L, LAU, LE, LY, LZ, M, MA, MANCH, MEL,[1] MICH, MO, MPU, OXF, P, P-CO, PH, PI, STR, TCD, TO, W, WAG, WB (see List of herbaria).[2]

He was the first to describe Allochrusa, Sclerocephalus, Jancaea, Prolongoa, Psychrogeton, Heteroderis, Myopordon, Aphanopleura, Ammiopsis, Crenosciadium, Diplotaenia, Ducrosia, Margotia, Lisaea, Ormosciadium, Polylophium, Microsciadium, Rhabdosciadium, Smyrniopsis, Stenotaenia, Thecocarpus, Trigonosciadium, Rhizocephalus, Coluteocarpus, Diceratella, Didymophysa, Eremobium, Graellsia, Heldreichia, Nasturtiopsis, Parlatoria, Physoptychis, Tchihatchewia, Paracaryum, Podonosma, Dorycnopsis, Erophaca, Acantholimon, Goniolimon and many more plant genera and taxa.[3]

Standard author abbreviation


The standard author abbreviation Boiss. is used to indicate this person as the author when citing a botanical name.[4]

List of selected publications

  • Boissier, Pierre Edmond (1867–1884). Flora Orientalis: sive, Enumeratio plantarum in Oriente a Graecia et Aegypto ad Indiae fines hucusque observatarum. 5 vols. Geneva: H. Georg.
  • Boissier, Pierre Edmond (1837). Voyage Botanique dans le Midi de l'Espagne pendant l'année.
  • Boissier, Pierre Edmond (1838). Elenchus plantarum novarum ... in itinere hispanico legit.
  • Boissier, Pierre Edmond; Reuter, George François (1842). Diagnoses plantarum novarum hispanicum.
  • Boissier, Pierre Edmond; Reuter, George François (1852). Pugillus plantarum novarum Africae borealis Hispaniaeque australis.
  • Boissier, Pierre Edmond. Diagnoses plantarum orientalium novarum.
  • Boissier, Pierre Edmond; Buhse, Friedrich Alexander (1860). Aufzählung der auf einer Reise durch Transkaukasien und Persien gesammelten Pflanzen.
  • Boissier, Pierre Edmond (1866). Icones Euphorbiarum.




  1. ^ "Coll.: Boissier, P.E." Australasian Virtual Herbarium. Atlas of Living Australia. Retrieved 2 February 2021.
  2. ^ Aluka[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ a b "The Euro+Med Plantbase Project". ww2.bgbm.org. Retrieved 2016-07-08.
  4. ^ International Plant Names Index.  Boiss.
  5. ^ "Petroedmondia Tamamsch. | Plants of the World Online | Kew Science". Plants of the World Online. Retrieved 24 May 2021.
  6. ^ Burkhardt, Lotte (2018). Verzeichnis eponymischer Pflanzennamen – Erweiterte Edition [Index of Eponymic Plant Names – Extended Edition] (pdf) (in German). Berlin: Botanic Garden and Botanical Museum, Freie Universität Berlin. doi:10.3372/epolist2018. ISBN 978-3-946292-26-5. S2CID 187926901. Retrieved 1 January 2021.