Nicolaus Thomas Host

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Nicolaus Thomas Host (December 6, 1761 in Fiume, now Rijeka – January 13, 1834 in Schönbrunn) was an Croatian botanist, and the personal physician of Holy Roman Emperor Francis II.[1] His botanical works include Synopsis plantarum in Austria and the four-volume Austriacorum Icones et descriptions graminum; he was also the first director of the botanical garden at the Belvedere palace.[2] The genus Hosta is named for him.[3]