Saturday, February 25, 2012

Pierre Antoine Poiteau:
Passiflora quadrangularis

This drawing of Passiflora quadrangularis was completed by Pierre Antoine Poiteau (1766-1854) while in the West Indies. It was included in Flores des Antilles, an exhaustive study of botany of the Antilles which François Richard de Tussac published between 1808 and 1827.

A few facts about Pierre Antoine Poiteau
1. He was a student of Redouté and at the school established by Gerard van Spaendonck.
2. In 1796 he travelled to Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic and was arrested immediately upon his arrival because he did not have documentation approving his travel to the country.
3. When he returned to France in 1802, he brought with him 600 packets of seeds.
4. At the latter part of his career, he was in charge of Muséum national d'Histoire naturelle in Paris.

A couple of interesting links
  • At the Purdue University horticulture pages, a lengthy article about Passiflora quadrangularis
  • Seed source and knock-out photos of Passiflora quadrangularis
  • 1 comment:

    1. One of my very favorites...some are grown at the art gallery near us and they're so fascinating in person. Such delightful detail. :)