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Jean-François Séguier

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Jean-François Séguier

Jean-François Séguier (French pronunciation: [ʒɑ̃ fʁɑ̃swa segje]; 25 November 1703 – 1 September 1784) was a French archaeologist, epigraphist, astronomer and botanist from Nîmes.

He studied law in Montpellier, during which time, he developed a passion for botany. He was a friend and collaborator to Scipio Maffei, with whom he took an extended scientific tour throughout Europe (1732–36).[1] In 1755 he became a member of the Académie de Nîmes, serving as its secrétaire perpétuel from 1765 to 1784. In 1772 he became a member of the Académie royale des Inscriptions et Belles-Lettres.[2]

The plant genus Seguieria (family Petiveriaceae, Loefl., 1758) commemorates his name,[3] as do the botanical species Ranunculus seguieri (Vill., 1779), Euphorbia seguieriana (Neck., 1770),[4] and Dianthus seguieri (Vill., 1779).[5][6][7]

Published works[edit]

Plantae veronenses, 1745

His written works include a detailed description of the flora in the vicinity of Verona, titled Plantae Veronenses, seu Stirpium quae in agro Veronensi repriuntur (3 volumes 1745–54).[8] Other noted works associated with Séguier are:

  • Bibliotheca botanica, sive, Catalogus auctorum et librorum omnium qui de re botanica, de medicamentis ex vegetabilibus paratis, de re rustica, & de horticultura tractant, 1740. Séguier's Bibliotheca botanica includes Ovidio Montalbani's Bibliotheca botanica as an appendix.
  • Bibliotheca botanica (in Latin). Den Haag: Jean Neaulme. 1740.
  • Plantae veronenses (in Latin). Vol. 1. Verona: Tipografia del Seminario. 1745.
  • Plantae veronenses (in Latin). Vol. 2. Verona: Tipografia del Seminario. 1745.
  • Dissertation sur l'ancienne inscription de la Maison-carrée de Nismes, 1759 – Dissertation on the ancient inscriptions of the Maison Carrée in Nîmes.
  • Jean-François Séguier, Pierre Baux, lettres : 1733-1756.[9]

Standard author abbreviation[edit]

The standard author abbreviation Ség. is used to indicate this person as the author when citing a botanical name.[10]


  1. ^ Jean GAUDANT Les poissons pétrifiés du Monte Bolca Annales.org
  2. ^ SEGUIER Jean-François Sociétés savantes de France
  3. ^ "Seguieria Loefl. | Plants of the World Online | Kew Science". Plants of the World Online. Retrieved 16 March 2021.
  4. ^ "Ranunculus seguieri Vill. | Plants of the World Online | Kew Science". Plants of the World Online. Retrieved 12 December 2021.
  5. ^ Jean-François Séguier, un naturaliste nimois Nemausensis
  6. ^ Euphorbia seguieriana Neck. Acta plantarum
  7. ^ "Plants of the World Online: Dianthus seguieri, Vill". Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Retrieved 2021-04-13.
  8. ^ Plantae veronenses OCLC WorldCat
  9. ^ Most widely held works by Jean-François Séguier WorldCat Identities
  10. ^ International Plant Names Index.  Ség.