Johann Joseph Peyritsch

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Johann Joseph Peyritsch (October 20, 1835 – March 14, 1889) was an Austrian physician and botanist born in Völkermarkt.

In 1864 he earned his medical doctorate from Vienna, and from 1866 to 1871 was associated with Vienna General Hospital. He later served as custos at the Naturhistorisches Museum in Vienna, and in 1878, succeeded Anton Kerner von Marilaun as professor of botany at the University of Innsbruck, a position he maintained until his death in 1889.[1]

He was editor of Heinrich Wilhelm Schott's celebrated monograph on aroids, Aroideae Maximilianae, and with Theodor Kotschy (1813–1866), was co-author of Plantae Tinneanae, a book describing flora collected on the Tinné expedition to Sudan.

As a taxonomist, he described numerous plants from the botanical families Celastraceae and Erythroxylaceae.[2] In the field of mycology, he held a special interest in the fungal order Laboulbeniales. The plant genus Peyritschia from the family Poaceae was named in his honor by Eugène Pierre Nicolas Fournier in 1881.[1]


  1. ^ a b BHL Taxonomic literature : a selective guide to botanical publications
  2. ^ IPNI Plants described and co-described by Peyritsch
  3. ^ IPNI.  Peyr.