Jean Baptiste Francois Pierre Bulliard (1742 - 1793) - a brief biography

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The information below is derived from many sources; major reference texts are listed at the foot of the page.

Jean Baptiste Francois (Pierre) Bulliard was born Born in Aubepierre-sur-Aube, in France, circa 1742. He studied medicine in Langres, in a hospice in Clairvaux, and in a hospice in Paris, where in due course he set up in practice.

Botanist as well as mycologist, Bulliard's contribution to mycology is particularly significant. He discovered, named and described many well-known mushrooms including the wonderful edible Cep or Penny Bun, Boletus edulis, and its pink-pored lookalike the bitter-tasting Tylopilus felleus.

Bulliard died in Paris on 26th September 1793; the circumstances of his death are shrouded in mystery (or at least in the mists of time), but one report suggests that he died as a result of an accident while he was out hunting... but not hunting for mushrooms, surely!

The abbreviation Bull. is used to indicate Jean Baptiste Francois Bulliard as the author when citing a botanical or mycological name.

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Major Mycological Works

Histoire des Champignons de la France (Natural History of the Mushrooms of France), 1791 - 1812. (This work was completed by Étienne Pierre Ventenat, 1757-1808.)

Other publications included Flora Parisiensis,1776-80; Herbier de la France, 1780-93; Dictionnaire élémentaire de botanique, 1783; Histoire des plantes vénéneuses et suspectes de la France, 1784; and Aviceptologie, 1796.

Selected Sources:

E. J. Gilbert (1952) Life of Bulliard, in Bulletin de la Société Mycologique de France (The Bulletin of the French Mycological Society).

Fascinated by Fungi, 2nd Edition, Pat O'Reilly 2016, reprinted by Coch-y-bonddu Books in 2022.

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