Julien Reverchon

French botanist (1837-1905)

Julien Reverchon ((1837-08-03)3 August 1837 – (1905-12-30)30 December 1905) was a French botanist and naturalist. He was born in the commune of Diémoz.

Julien Reverchon
Born(1837-08-03)3 August 1837
Died30 December 1905(1905-12-30) (aged 68)
Occupation(s)Botanist and naturalist
  • Maximillian Reverchon (father)
  • Florine Jacques Reverchon (mother)



Julien was the son of Maximillian and Florine Jacques Reverchon. His father was a follower of Charles Fourier, and he made the decision of joining Victor Prosper Considerant, who lived in the Fourier Colony, in Texas, U.S. Julien, who was already interested in the natural world at a young age, had already collected nearly 2,000 species of plants with his brother.

The family moved to Réunion Vicinty in December 1856, and learned of the failure of the Fourier Colony. Jacques Reverchon then bought a small farm in the vicinity. Julien began to study the plant life. He married Marie Henri on 24 July 1864, and they had two sons. Unfortunately, both of their sons died of typhoid fever in 1884.

After leaving botany for a few years, he started collecting plants in 1869, when he made an expedition to collect fossils with Jacob Boll (1828–1880) in West Texas. With later collections, he provided to the productions of noted studies of plants by Asa Gray and Charles Sprague Sargent and the improvement of many American collections. He thought botany at the end of his life in Dallas. At the time of his death in 1905, more than 2,600 species were cultured in his farm, and he possessed a rich herbarium of 20,000 specimens. Today, it is kept at the Missouri Botanical Garden in the city of St. Louis.

Julien Reverchon died on (1905-12-30)30 December 1905, at the age of 68. He died of Bright’s disease.