This page translated from French to English and taken from a website in Belgium of people buried in the Robertmont Cemetery in Liege, Belgium.

MORREN Charles (1807-1858)




Son of Charles Ignace François Morren (Grammont 1773 - Molenbeeck-Saint-Jean lez Brussels 1837), army medical officer and of Marie Catherine Pope (...?... -16/4/1810), Charles Morren was raised by his grandparents, following the death of his mother when he was only three years old; besides he dedicated a poem to this one, whereas curiously he never referred to his father. When he was named extraordinary professor at the University of Liege, December 5, 1835, he lived in a beautiful residence located in the district of Mount-Saint-Martin (currently the n° 15, real in the course of restoration); later, he settled with his family in a more pastoral place, with Wood-the Bishop, for finally approaching "its" botanical garden, street Louvrex n° 71 (we are unaware of to which current number this address corresponds).


Morren thus occupied the pulpit of vacant botany left by the successive deaths of H. Gaëde and R. Courtois. The framework of this note does not make it possible to detail the long list of work of Morren (255, for which it would be necessary to add the many articles in newspapers), but we cannot deprive ourselves to pin some worthy facts to be quoted. It is CH Morren who developed, while referring to work of Robert Brown, the artificial insemination of the vanilla, plants which could not produce fruits out of its surface of natural dispersion, the pollinating insect missing in our greenhouses. For more on this go to this link >

The CAMELIA ' Marie Morren' ,
dedicated to the wife of Charles Morren


It is necessary to underline here the role held by CH Morren in the rise of the horticulture inhabitant of Liège. Honorary president of SRHLg, it incited the gardener-florists, as one called them at the time, to improve their products.


Pear ' Buttered Edouard Morren' ,
obtaining france J Gathoye,
dedicated to the son of Charles Morren.


In 1843, CH. Morren made appear, in Liege, a collection of poetry: "transitory Flowers", a volume of 448 pages.


The bust of CH Morren was carved by J.J. Halleux (Battice 27/9/1815 - Dinant 25/12/1876), deceased accidentally. This work bought for the sum of 25 F, on November 23, 1864, was given by ED Morren to the museum of botany of ULg.



The blazon of the Morren family carries for weapons: of sand to three stars with seven gold lines, the covered heaume of a bourlet with enamels of the ecu, and having for cimier a star of the ecu enters a flight of money swan; currency: Lucent in tenebris (of Herckenrode, 1845).


The English botanist J Lindley dedicated to CH. Morren a new kind of plant, the family of Asclépiadacées, originating in South America, under the name of Morrenia odorata (Hook. and Arn.) Lindley. We cannot resist the pleasure here of quoting an extract of letter of Morren with Lindley, on September 7, 1838:

"Thousand thanksgivings is returned to you; I did not deserve such an honor: Morrenia odorata, I did not know that I had some perfume. But say to me, my spiritual professor, does not have it some mischievousness there to thus place me in a passably dangerous family; will I be a poison with odor? it would be there a bloody epigram whose your heart is unable, I know it, but perhaps that the malignant ones will make, while laughing in their barb. In any case, I thank you, because the name of this plant will undoubtedly be, the only reason which my name will remain after me " (Kew Gardens, letter n° 649, brought back photocopy of Kew by V Demoulin).


Announcements of décés of Charles Morren



A street of Liege bears its name.


Burial of the Morren family


The whole monument is in small granite and date of 1860. The base consists of two sat superimposed, the first covering the entirety of the burial (5 m²), the second, smaller, pretence to represent an open book (knowledge?).

On this stone is a quadrangular furnace bridge of form on which several objects are carved having a relationship with the activity of the two principal characters who are buried below: the professorial toga (with brandebourgs and cord) posed "négligemment" on the furnace bridge, and with the opposite, a branch around which is rolled up a flowered branch of Morrenia (and not of ivy as one could believe it at first sight).


Inscriptions are engraved on the two faces of the furnace bridge: with the outside the Latin epitaph of Charles, with the interior face that in French of Edouard.



Story of Edouard Morren, son of Charles Morren >

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