Antonio Bertoloni

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Antonio Bertoloni (February 8, 1775 in Sarzana – April 17, 1869 in Bologna) was an Italian physician and botanist who made extensive studies of Italian plants. He also collected notable samples of Central American flora.[1]

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He studied medicine and botany at the University of Pavia, afterwards (1796) continuing his medical education in Genoa. For a period of time he practiced medicine in his home town of Sarzana. In 1811 he returned to Genoa, where he served as a professor of physics at the Imperial Lyceum. In 1815 he was appointed professor of botany at the University of Bologna.[2]


Selected works[edit]

His major work, "Flora Italica; sistens plantas in Italia et in insulis circumstantibus sponte nascentes", was issued in several volumes from 1833 to 1854.[5] This was followed by a monograph on Italian cryptogams called "Flora italica cryptogama" (1858). Other noteworthy publications by Bertoloni include:

  • "Rariorum Liguriae plantarum", 1803.
  • "Mantissa plantarum florae alpium Apunanarum", 1832.
  • Commentarius de Mandragoris, 1835 
  • "Florula guatimalensis sistens plantas nonnullas in Guatimala sponte nascentes", 1840.[6]

Other works include:

  • Elenchus plantarum vivarum quas cum aliis vivis plantis commutandas exhibet Hortus Botanicus Archigymnasii Bononiensi 1820.
  • "Excerpta de re Herbaria", Opuscoli scientifici, 4: 220–232, 1823 


  1. ^ International Association for Plant Taxonomy (IAPT)
  2. ^ Google Books Botanical Society
  3. ^ Merriam Webster Dictionary Bertolonia
  4. ^ First Nature Archived April 26, 2014, at the Wayback Machine. Ophrys bertolonii, Bertoloni's Bee Orchid
  5. ^ Biodiversity Heritage Library Flora italica
  6. ^ OCLC Classify published works
  7. ^ IPNI.  Bertol.