Collecting localities



Biographical data


Penzig, Otto


(Source: Flora Malesiana ser. 1, 1: Cyclopaedia of collectors)

(Source: Flora Malesiana ser. 1, 8: Cyclopaedia of collectors, Supplement II)


Born: 1856, Samitz, Silesia, Germany. Died: 1929, Genoa, Italy.



Mycologist, educated at Breslau, since 1879 on the staff of the Botanic Garden at Padua, working under Saccardo; in 1882 appointed private teacher in the University of Modena, in 1883 Director of the ‘Stazione Agraria’ there, and in 1887 Professor of Botany at Genoa. He made a study tour to Ceylon and Java, in the latter island especially studying Myxomycetes in the laboratories of the Botanic Gardens at Buitenzorg and Tjibodas.1

Author of some papers relating to Java.2

He is commemorated in the genus Penzigia Saccardo.


Collecting localities:

W. Java (Nov. 23, 1896-Apr. 1, 1897): principally at Buitenzorg and Tjibodas (slope of G. Gedeh). He visited the 3 islands of the Krakatau group in company with Treub, Raciborski, Boerlage, and Clautriau (March 17, 1897); the excursion was preceded by a trip to P. Merak (off the NW. point of Java).

In the German biography (see below) he is said to have visited Java and Sumatra; as to the latter island no data are known to the author.



Apparently cryptogams only, viz Fungi and Algae.3 Original set at Genoa [GE]. In Herb. Bog. [BO]: Fungi Javanici (pres. 1903); Herb. Vienna [W]: Fungi Javanici, 215 nos (purch. 1904).



(1) cf. Dammerman In Ann. Jard. But. Buit. 45, 1935, p. 21; and Boedijn in l.c. p. 107, 110.

(2) O. Penzig: ‘I Prodotti vegetali del mercato di Buitenzorg (Giava)’ (Atti Sue. Ligust. di Sci. Nat. e Geogr. Genova 9, 1898); ‘Beitr. z. K. der Gattung Epirrhizanthes Bl.’ (Ann. Jard. Bot. Buit. 17, 1901, p. 142-170, pl. 20-26); ‘Die Fortschritte der Flora von Krakatau’ (l.c. 18, 1902, p. 92-113, 7 fig.); for systematic papers cf. sub 3.

‘Come nasce una foresta virgine’ (La Lettura 24, 1924, p. 833-838, 13 fig.).

(3) O. Penzig: ‘Die Myxomyceten der Flora von Buitenzorg’ (Leiden 1898); ‘Ueber Javanische Phalloideen’ (Ann. Jard. But. Buit. 16, 1899, p. 133-173, t. 16-25).

O. Penzig & P.A. Saccardo: ‘Diagnoses Fungorum novorum in insula Java collectorum’ (3 series, Genova 1897-1902); ‘Icones Fungorum Javanicorum’ (Leiden 1904, 1 vol. text + 1 vol. tab.).

Algae by de Wildeman in ‘Prodrome de la Fiore Algologique d. Ind. néerl.’ Supplement (Batavia 1899).

cf. also Ann. Jard. Bot. Buit. 45, 1935, p. 110.


biographical data:

Malpighia 13, 1899, p. 108 (ref. to portr.); Ber. D.B.G. 47, 1929, Gen. Vers. Heft p. (96)-(102); Nuov. Giorn. Bot. Ital. N.S. 37, 1930, p. 756-788, + portr.; Atti 1st. Bot. Giov. Briosi e lab. R. Univers. di Pavia ser. 4, vol. 4, 1933, p. iii-xii, 1 pl.