Carlo Luigi Giuseppe Bertero

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Luigi Carlo Giuseppe Bertero (b. Santa Vittoria d'Alba, October 14, 1789 d. April 1831, - South Pacific Ocean) was an Italian physicist, physician, naturalist, botanist, bryologist and pteridologist.[1] He explored the West Indies between 1816 and 1821 coinciding with the Venezuelan scientist and later president, José María Vargas in Puerto Rico although there is no evidence of any exchange between them. During his two voyages, February 1828 to September 1830 and between March and May 1830, he collected and described the flora of Chile. He also examined plants native to the Pacific island of Juan Fernandez, as well as Guadeloupe, Haiti, Puerto Rico, and Colombia.[2][3] He is presumed lost in a shipwreck while sailing from Tahiti to Chile.[2]


The American teacher, ornithologist and botanist Ralph Hoffman (1870-1932) named a cactus, Opuntia berteri, after Bertero.

The genus Berteroa is named after Carlo Berteroa Bertero.


Abbreviation (botany)[edit]

The standard author abbreviation Bertero is used to indicate this person as the author when citing a botanical name.[6]. (see the list of all the genera and species described by this author in IPNI). The following lichens are named in honor of Bertero:

Biatora berteroana Mont. (1852)

Brigantiaea berteroana (Mont.) Trevis. (1853)

Pseudocyphellaria berteroana (Mont.) Redon (1977)

Sticta berteroana Mont. (1835)

Lecidea berteroana (Mont.) Nyl. (1855)


VIGNOLO-LUTATI, F.: L'opera botanica del dott. Carlo Bertero di S. Vittoria d'Alba (1789-1831) nelle antille e Sud-America (1816-21 e 1827-31) quale risulta dalle collezioni dell'ist. ed orto botanico d. Univ. di Torino.. Turín: Librería Le Colonne, 1955.
MATTIROLO, O.: Nel I centenario della trágica scomparsa del celebre botanico esploratore medico carlo bertero di santa vittoria d'alba. Estudio Bibliográfico: Bosio Giovanni - Magliano Alpi, 1932.


  1. ^ "Index of Botanists". Harvard University Herbaria & Libraries. Retrieved 27 December 2015.
  2. ^ a b "Global Plants: Bertero, Carlo Luigi Giuseppe (1789-1831)". JSTOR. doi:10.5555/al.ap.person.bm000000658 (inactive 2019-03-09). Retrieved 27 December 2015.
  3. ^ "Global Plants". JSTOR. doi:10.5555/al.ap.visual.kldc8961 (inactive 2019-03-09). Retrieved 27 December 2015.
  4. ^ Mém. Mus. Par. vil. (1821) 232; et Syst. ii 290 1821 (IK)
  5. ^ Cact. Fl. Silvestre Chile 244. 1989 (IK)
  6. ^ IPNI.  Bertero.

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