Carl Borivoj Presl

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Carl Borivoj Presl
Karel Borivoj Presl 1794-1852.jpg
Born(1794-02-17)17 February 1794
Died2 October 1852(1852-10-02) (aged 58)
Alma materCharles University
Scientific career
FieldsBotany, Medicine
Author abbrev. (botany)C.Presl

Carl Borivoj Presl (Czech: Karel Bořivoj Presl; 17 February 1794 – 2 October 1852) was a Czech botanist.


Presl lived his entire life in Prague, and was a professor of botany at the University of Prague (1833–52).[1] He made an expedition to Sicily in 1817,[2] and with his brother, published a "Flora bohemica" titled "Flora čechica: indicatis medicinalibus, oeconomicis technologicisque plantis" in 1819.[3]

His older brother Jan Svatopluk Presl was also a noted botanist; the journal Preslia of the Czech Botanical Society is named in their honor.[4] The botanical genera Preslaea Mart., 1827 from the family Boraginaceae, (now a synonym of Euploca Nutt.[5] ) and Preslia Opiz, 1824 of the family Lamiaceae (it is also now a synonym of Woodsia R.Br.[6]) are dedicated to the two brothers.[1] In 2006, botanists (Urb. & Gilg) Weigend published Presliophytum, a genus of flowering plants from South America, belonging to the family Loasaceae which also honours Carl Borivoj Presl's name.[7]

Gravesite of the Presl brothers at the Vyšehrad Cemetery in Prague

He spent nearly 15 years producing the exsiccata "Reliquiae Haenkeanae" (published from 1825 to 1835), a work based on botanical specimens collected in the Americas by Thaddaeus Haenke.[8]

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  1. ^ a b BHL Taxonomic literature : a selective guide to botanical publications
  2. ^ Kifissia, Greece: Goulandris Natural History Museum, J.Makris (1984) Paeonia mascula
  3. ^ Google Books Flora čechica: indicatis medicinalibus, oeconomicis technologicisque plantis
  4. ^ Preslia The Journal of the Czech Botanical Society
  5. ^ "Preslaea Mart. | Plants of the World Online". Plants of the World Online. Kew Science. Retrieved 21 November 2021.
  6. ^ "Preslia Opiz | Plants of the World Online". Plants of the World Online. Kew Science. Retrieved 21 November 2021.
  7. ^ "Presliophytum (Urb. & Gilg) Weigend | Plants of the World Online". Plants of the World Online. Kew Science. Retrieved 28 May 2021.
  8. ^ Google Books Biographical Dictionary of American and Canadian Naturalists edited by Keir Brooks Sterling
  9. ^ International Plant Names Index.  C.Presl.


  • Carl Bořivoj Presl: "Reliquiae Haenkeanae : seu descriptiones et icones plantarum, quas in America meridionali et boreali, in insulis Philippinis et Marianis collegit Thaddaeus Haenke". J.G. Calve, Prague, 1825 to 1835.[1]
  • "Flora sicula, exhibens plantas vasculosas in Sicilia aut sponte crescentes aut frequentissime cultas, secundum systema naturale digestas", 1826.
  • "Symbolae botanicae, sive, Descriptiones et icones plantarum novarum aut minus cognitarum", 1832.
  • "Catalogue of Ferns: After the Arrangement of C. Sprengel", 1841; Whittaker and Company, 1841.[2]
  • Hymenophyllaceae, 1845 – Monograph on Hymenophyllaceae.
  • "Supplementum Tentaminis Pteridographiae", 1847.
  • Die Gefässbündel im Stipes der Farrn, 1848 – The vascular bundles in the stipes of ferns.[3]
  1. ^ Botanicus Reliquiae Haenkeanae
  2. ^ Google Search publications)
  3. ^ Google Search publications

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