Joseph Friedrich Nicolaus Bornmüller

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Joseph Bornmüller

Joseph Friedrich Nicolaus Bornmüller (February 6, 1862 – December 19, 1948) was a German botanist born in Hildburghausen, Thuringia.


He studied horticulture in Potsdam, and in 1886 traveled to the Balkans and Greece on his first botanical expedition. In 1887-88 he worked at the botanical garden in Belgrade, and during his subsequent career conducted botanical studies widely throughout the Middle East, Asia Minor and North Africa. In his research, he also visited Greece, Madeira and the Canary Islands.

In 1903 he succeeded Heinrich Carl Haussknecht (1838–1903) as curator of the "Haussknecht Herbarium" at Weimar, a position he maintained until 1938. In 1918 he was awarded an honorary professorship from the University of Jena.[1]

Among Bornmüller's many publications was a treatise on Macedonian flora titled Beiträge zur Flora Mazedoniens (1925–1928).


The plant genus Bornmuellerantha from the family Scrophulariaceae, the plant genus Bornmuellera from the family Brassicaceae, the plant species Allium bornmuelleri, Geocaryum bornmuelleri, Paronychia bornmuelleri, the viper Vipera bornmuelleri and the caecilian Crotaphatrema bornmuelleri are named in his honor.


  • This article incorporates information based on a translation of an article at the German Wikipedia, whose sources include: ** Robert Zander, Fritz Encke, Günther Buchheim, Siegmund Seybold (Hrsg.): Handwörterbuch der Pflanzennamen. 13. Auflage. Ulmer Verlag, Stuttgart 1984, ISBN 3-8001-5042-5.
  • HUH Index of Botanists
  1. ^ Bornmüller , Friedrich Nicolaus Joseph @ NDB/ADB Deutsche Biographie
  2. ^ IPNI.  Bornm. 

External links[edit]

  • IPNI List of taxa described & co-described by Bornmüller.