Gustav Lindau studied natural history in Heidelberg and Berlin, where he studied under Simon Schwendener (1829–1919). He completed his doctoral thesis on the apothecia of lichens in 1888. In 1890 he became director at the botanical garden in Münster and an assistant to Julius Oscar Brefeld (1839–1925).
- Gustav Lindau and Paul Sydow: Thesaurus literaturae mycologicae et lichenologicae. (1908–1917, 5 volumes)
- Gustav Lindau: Kryptogamenflora für Anfanger ("Cryptogam flora for Beginners"). (1911–1914, 6 volumes)
- Heinrich Dörfelt (ed.):Encyclopedia of mycology. Gustav Fischer Verlag, Stuttgart, New York, 1989. ISBN 3-437-20413-0
- Zander, R. in Dictionary of Plant Names ed. 13, Ulmer Verlag, Stuttgart,1984. ISBN 3-8001-5042-5))
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