Friedrich Karl Johann Vaupel

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Friedrich Karl Johann Vaupel ( 23 May 1876, Kreuznach – 4 May 1927, Berlin) was a German botanist who specialized in the study of cacti. He was the binomial authority of many species within the family Cactaceae.[1]

He studied medicine and natural sciences in Berlin, Heidelberg and Munich, obtaining his PhD in 1903 as a student of Karl Ritter von Goebel at Munich. While still a student, he participated in a scientific journey to Mexico and the West Indies (1899–1900). Following graduation, from 1903 to 1907, he was involved in an extended expedition to India, Australia and Samoa.[2]

In 1908 he began work as an assistant at the botanical museum in Berlin-Dahlem, where in 1921 he became a curator. In 1926 he was awarded with the title of professor. The genus Vaupelia was named in his honor by botanist August Brand (1863–1930).[2]

Published works[edit]

He was an editor of the multi-volume "Blühende Kakteen (Iconographia cactacearum)", issued in 45 parts from 1900 to 1921. The project was originated by Karl Moritz Schumann in 1900, and continued by Max Gürke and Vaupel.[3] Other written efforts by Vaupel include:

  • Vier von Ule in Nordbrasilien und Peru gesammelte Kakteen, (1913).
  • Zeitschrift für Sukkulentenkunde, (editor).
  • Die Kakteen: Monographie der Cactaceae, (1925, 1926).[4]


  1. ^ IPNI List of plants described & co-described by Vaupel.
  2. ^ a b Biodiversity Heritage Library Taxonomic literature : a selective guide to botanical publications
  3. ^ OCLC WorldCat Blühende Kakteen
  4. ^ Google Books publications
  5. ^ IPNI.  Vaupel.