Karl Friedrich Reiche

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Karl Friedrich Reiche (Spanish: Carlos Reiche, October 31, 1860 – February 26, 1929) was a German botanist who worked as a university professor in Chile and Mexico.


Reiche was born in Dresden and earned his doctorate in 1885 in Leipzig. He worked as a professor in Dresden (1886-1889) and Constitución, Chile (1889-1896). He was a professor in Mexico, and he directed the botanical section of the Chilean National Museum of Natural History (Museo Nacional de Historia Natural de Chile) in Santiago de Chile from 1896 to 1911, while Rodolfo Amando Philippi was director. There he published in the Annals of the University of Chile and at the same time six volumes of the Estudios críticos de la Flora de Chile,[1] work which remained unfinished. Although formally he was recognized as the only author of this work, probably he collaborated with Federico Philippi and F. Johow.[2] He wrote the entries to many plant families in the work Die natürlichen Pflanzenfamilien by Adolf Engler and Carl Prantl in the first edition (1890–1897).

Name of a path in Nymphenberg Munich Botanical Garen

Upon leaving the museum, he assumed a post as professor of botany in the Escuela de Altos Estudios México (1911-1923).[3] He became a corresponding member of the German Botanical Society (Deutschen Botanischen Gesellschaft) in 1911. From 1924 he worked in Munich, as an independent investigator of the Botanische Staatssammlung. In 1926 he returned to Mexico to complete his work and take a job as emprendido for the Chilean flora. In 1928 he directed the phanerogamy section of the Botanischen Gartens München-Nymphenburg.[4] He died in Munich in 1929.

The plant genus Reichea (Myrcianthes today) in family Myrtaceae, Reichenecactus in family Cactaceae, and Reicheella in family Caryophyllaceae are named for him.


  • Grundzüge der Pflanzenverbreitung in Chile, Leipzig, 1907 (Reprint Gantner: Vaduz, 1976). ("Die Vegetation der Erde"; 8)
  • '"Kreuz und quer durch Mexiko" in Wanderbuch eines deutschen Gelehrten. Leipzig: Deutsche Buchwerkstätten GmbH 1930.
  • "Estudios críticos de la Flora de Chile." Anales de Universidad de Chile, 1894–1911. Available online at http://www.efloras.org/
  • Geografía botánica de Chile, 1934
  • La vegetación de los alrededores de la capital de México, 1924
  • Flora excursoria en el Valle Central de México, 1926


  1. ^ Marticorena C. 1992. Bibliografía Botánica Taxonómica de Chile. Monogr. Syst. Bot. Missouri Bot. Gard. 41.
  2. ^ Gunckel H. 1966. Estudios críticos sobre la flora de Chile ("Flora de Chile") Dr. K. Reiche y sus colaboradores. Moliniana 3: 3-10.
  3. ^ Cuevas C. e I. Ledezma 2006. Alfonso L. Herrera: Controversias y Debates durante el inicio de la biología en México Historia mexicana 55: 973-1013
  4. ^ Ross H. 1929. Karl Reiche Berichen der deutschen Botanischen Gesellschaft 47 Generalversammlung-Heft.
  5. ^ IPNI.  Reiche. 


This article is based on translations of articles from the Spanish Wikipedia and the German Wikipedia.

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