Rudolph Grisebach, German plant taxonomist, 1854-1866.
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Studio portrait photograph by Maull and Polyblank of Dr Grisebach (1814-1879). Grisebach's uncle was a profesor of botany at Gottingen, Germany. Grisebach studied there, later moving to Berlin. His first work in the field of taxonomy was on the family Gentianaceae. In 1838 he published 'Genera et Species Gentianearum'. Inspired by Alexander von Humboldt's scientific expeditions, he journeyed to the Balkans where he studied the vegetation. This was the start of his work on phytogeography, (the geographical distribution of plants), from which came his most important work 'Vegetation de Erde' (1872). Grisebach also studied the plants of the Caribbean and South America. Dimensions: 200mm x 150mm.