Robert Knud Friedrich Pilger

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Robert Knud Friedrich Pilger (3 July 1876, in Helgoland – 1 September 1953, in Berlin) [1] was a German botanist, who specialised in the study of conifers.

He collected plants in the Mato Grosso of Brazil, and from 1945 to 1950 was director of the botanical garden at Berlin-Dahlem.[1][2]

The genera; Pilgerodendron Florin (Cupressaceae),[3] Pilgerina Z.S.Rogers, Nickrent & Malécot (family Santalaceae),[4] and Pilgerochloa Eig (Poaceae) are all named in his honour.[2]

Selected bibliography[edit]

  • Pilger, R. (1926). Phylogenie und Systematik der Coniferae. In: Engler, A., & Prantl, K. A. E. (eds.). Die natürlichen Pflanzenfamilien XIII. Leipzig.
  • Pilger, R. (1926). Pinaceae. In: Urban, I. (ed.). Plantae Haitienses III. Ark. Bot. 20 (4): A15: 9–10.
  • Pilger, R. (1931). Die Gattung Juniperus L. Mitt. Deutsch. Dendrol. Ges. 43: 255–269.


  1. ^ a b Universität Zürich UZH Zürcher Herbarien - Sammler Details
  2. ^ a b Google Books CRC World Dictionary of Grasses: Common Names, Scientific Names ..., Volume 1 by Umberto Quattrocchi
  3. ^ The Gymnosperm Database Archived 2013-05-30 at the Wayback Machine Pilgerodendron uviferum
  4. ^ "Pilgerina Z.S.Rogers, Nickrent & Malécot | Plants of the World Online | Kew Science". Plants of the World Online. Retrieved 22 May 2021.
  5. ^ International Plant Names Index.  Pilg.