Wilhelm Gerhard Walpers

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Wilhelm Gerhard Walpers (26 December 1816 in Mühlhausen – 18 June 1853 in Berlin) was a German botanist. This botanist is denoted by the author abbreviation Walp. when citing a botanical name.[1]

He received his education at the Universities of Greifswald and Breslau, earning his habilitation in 1848 at Berlin. He died on 18 June 1853 from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.[2]

The plant genus Walpersia (synonym Phyllota) is named after him.[3][4]

Selected publications[edit]

  • Repertorium botanices systematicæ (six volumes, 1842–1847).[5]
  • Walpers, Wilhelm Gerhard (1848–1868). "Annales botanices systematicae (7 vols.)" (in Latin). Leipzig. Retrieved 12 March 2016. {{cite journal}}: Cite journal requires |journal= (help)


  1. ^ Brummitt, R. K.; C. E. Powell (1992). Authors of Plant Names. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. ISBN 1-84246-085-4.
  2. ^ biography of Walpers @ Allgemeine Deutsche Biographie
  3. ^ JSTOR Global Plants Walpersia
  4. ^ GRIN Taxonomy for Plants Walpersia Harv.
  5. ^ Walpers, Wilhelm Gerhard (1845). Repertorium botanices systematicae (Vol. III ed.). sumtibus Friderici Hofmeister.