Born in France on 24 August 1807, died, probably in England, on 7 September 1873.
An ornithologist and plant collector sent to Australia in 1842 by the Muséum d’Histoire Naturelle in Paris. He made plant collections around Hobart, Tasmania (December 1842-April 1844) and around Sydney, New South Wales (April 1844-November 1846). His servant Emile collected plants for him near Port Macquarie and Camden Haven, New South Wales, and also from the Moreton Bay district and Durundur, Queensland. He returned to France about 1851 with a reported 115,000 natural history specimens. His original herbarium is at P, with some at A, B, C, DBN, DS, E, G, GH, K, L, M, MO, OXF, PH, S and US.
Extracted from: A.E.Orchard (1999) A History of Systematic Botany in Australia, in Flora of Australia Vol.1, 2nd ed., ABRS. [consult for source references]
He was styled "Naturaliste” and was elected a member of the Tasmanian Society, 2nd January, 1843, see p. 74, Tas. Journ, Vol. II; see also p. 159, where he is called J. P. Verreaux. In a list of members, at p. 160, his address is given as Hobart.
Source: Maiden, J.H. (1910) Records of the earlier French botanists as regards Australian plants. Journal and Proceedings of the Royal Society of New South Wales for 1910. 44:123-155.