Konrad H. Christ

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Bronze plaque at the Jardín Botánico Canario Viera y Clavijo, Las Palmas, Gran Canaria.

Konrad Hermann Heinrich Christ (12 December 1833 in Basel – 23 November 1933 in Riehen), often known in citations as just "Christ" or "H. Christ", was a Swiss botanist who specialized in pteridology (ferns).

He studied law at the universities of Basel and Berlin, receiving his doctorate at Basel in 1856. From 1869 to 1908 he worked as a lawyer and notary in Basel. In his spare time and during retirement he engaged in botanical pursuits, publishing over 300 works on topics such as plant geography, systematics and history of botany.[1][2]

The fern genus Christella is named in his honour.[3]


  • Christ, K. H. H. "Die Botrychium-Arten des Austral Amerika." Arkiv for Botanik, Vol. 6, NO. 3. Stockholm, Sweden. 1906. German.
  • Christ, K. H. H. Die Farnkräuter der Erde [The Ferns of the World], Beschreibende Darstellung der Geschlechter und wichtigeren Arten der Farnpflanzen mit besonderer Berücksichtigung der exotischen. Gustav Fischer, Jena. 1897. xii,388pp, 292 text-illustrations, 260mm. German.
  • Christ, K. H. H. Die Farnkräuter der Schweiz [The Ferns of Switzerland]. Beiträge zur Kryptogamenflora der Schweiz, Vol. 1, Part 2. Bern, Switzerland. 1900. German.
  • Christ, K. H. H. Die Geographie der Farne [Geography of the Ferns]. Jena. 1910. German.
  • Christ, K. H. H. "Ueber die Australen Polystichum-Arten." Arkiv for Botanik, Vol. 4, no. 12. Stockholm, Sweden. 1905. German.


  1. ^ Christ, Hermann Historischen Lexikon der Schweiz
  2. ^ Christ, Konrad Hermann Heinrich (1833-1933) JSTOR Global Plants
  3. ^ Daniel Dooley Palmer (2003). Hawaiʻi's ferns and fern allies. University of Hawaii Press. p. 85. ISBN 0-8248-2522-5.
  4. ^ IPNI.  Christ.