José Cuatrecasas

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José Cuatrecasas (1903–1996) was a botanist. He was born on March 19, 1903 in Camprodon, Catalonia, Spain.

His research focused on the high-elevation páramo and sub-páramo regions of the Andes Mountains in South America, especially the flowering plant families Asteraceae and Malpighiaceae.

In 1997, the Smithsonian Institution established the José Cuatrecasas Botanical Fund to "support significant research projects that emulate the spirit of the research of José Cuatrecasas". The Smithsonian also awards a José Cuatrecasas Medal for Excellence in Tropical Botany annually.


Multiple plant species have been named for him, including Narcissus cuatrecasasii , Joseanthus cuatrecasasii, Pradosia cuatrecasasii, and Tessmannianthus quadridomius (where "quadridomius" is Latin for "cuatre casas").[1]


  • Kirkbride, Ma Cristina Garcia. "José Cuatrecasas (1903-1996)". Taxon, Vol. 46, No. 1 (February 1997), pp. 132–134.
  • "Botanical Endowment at Smithsonian", Biological Conservation Newsletter, No. 170 (August 1997)

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Curiosities of Biological Taxonomy: Etymology: People, compiled by Mark Isaak; published February 26, 2015; retrieved March 18, 2015
  2. ^ IPNI.  Cuatrec.