Wenceslas Bojer

Wenceslas (Václav, or Wenzel) Bojer (23 September 1795 in Řesanice, Bohemia, now Czechia – 4 June 1856 in Port Louis, Mauritius) was a notable naturalist, botanist and botanical illustrator. The standard author abbreviation Bojer is used to indicate this person as the author when citing a botanical name.[1]

Wenceslas Bojer

He was born to Simon Bojer and Barbara Staub. As a young man he was sent on expeditions to Africa and Mauritus by Franz Sieber. In 1821 he arrived at Mauritius. In 1822 the Mauritian governor Robert Townsend Farquhar sent him to Madagascar. He was accompanied by Malagasy Prince Rafaria who studied on Mauritius and James Hastie, a Scottish corporal and British envoy for King Radama I on Madagascar. Bojer explored the west coast of Madagascar before he arrived in Tananarive.

In 1824 Bojer was sent to Africa as an interpreter. He explored several coasts of the African continent and collected a huge amount of minerals and plants. In 1829 he was one of the co-founders of the Royal Society of Arts and Sciences (SRAS) at Mauritius.

He died of paralysis in 1856.

Many species of plants and animals (especially from Madagascar and the Mascarenes) were named after Bojer, including Gongylomorphus bojerii (Bojer's skink),[2] Dionycha bojerii, Ploceus bojeri (golden palm weaver), Uapaca bojeri, Streptocarpus bojeri, Epilobium bojeri, and many more.


  1. ^ IPNI.  Bojer.
  2. ^ Beolens, Bo; Watkins, Michael; Grayson, Michael (2011). The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press. xiii + 296 pp. ISBN 978-1-4214-0135-5. ("Bojer", p. 31).


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