Gustav Karl Wilhelm Hermann Karsten

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Hermann Karsten, 1894

Gustav Karl Wilhelm Hermann Karsten (6 November 1817, in Stralsund – 10 July 1908, in Zoppot) was a German botanist and geologist.

Born in Stralsund, he followed the example of Alexander von Humboldt and traveled 1844-56 the northern part of South America (Venezuela, Ecuador and Colombia). From 1856 to 1868, he was a professor at the agricultural college in Berlin, afterwards serving as a professor of plant physiology at the University of Vienna (1868–72).[1] He died 1908 in Berlin-Grunewald.

As a taxonomist, he was the binomial author of many botanical species.[2]

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  1. ^ © Universität Zürich, Zürcher Herbarien short biography
  2. ^ IPNI List of plants described and co-described by Karsten.
  3. ^ IPNI.  H.Karst. 

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