Jean Kickx

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Jean Kickx (1803–1864)

Jean Kickx (17 January 1803, Brussels – 1864) was a Belgian botanist. His father, also known as Jean Kickx (1775–1831) was a botanist and mineralogist; his son Jean Jacques Kickx (1842–1887) was a professor of botany at the University of Ghent.

In 1830 he obtained his PhD at Leuven, later serving as a professor of botany in Brussels (1831–1835) and at the University of Ghent (1835–1864). He was a co-founder of the Société royale de botanique de Belgique.[1]

The mycological genus Kickxella (order Kickxellales) was named in his honor by Eugène Coumans.[1]

Published works[edit]

He was the author of a treatise on cryptogamic flora native to Flanders that was issued after his death by his son as Flore Cryptogamique des Flandre (1867).[2] In the field of malacology, he published Specimen inaugurale exhibens synopsin molluscorum Brabantiæ Australi indigenorum (with Francis Joseph Adelmann, 1830). Other noteworthy written works by Kickx include:

  • Flore cryptogamique des environs de Louvain, ou, Description des plantes cryptogames et agames qui croissent dans le brabant et dans une partie de la province d'Anvers, 1835 - Cryptogams found in the vicinity of Louvain, etc.
  • Notice sur quelques champignons du Mexique, 1841 - Notice involving some mushrooms of Mexico.[3]


  1. ^ a b Biodiversity Heritage Library Taxonomic literature : a selective guide to botanical publications
  2. ^ Flore cryptogamique des Flandres: Œuvre posthume de Jean Kickx
  3. ^ WorldCat Search (publications)
  4. ^ IPNI.  J.Kickx f.