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Goebel, Karl Immanuel Eberhard Ritter von


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

(Source: Flora Malesiana ser. 1, 5: Cyclopaedia of collectors, Supplement I)

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


Born: 1855, Billingheim, Baden, Germany. Died: 1932, Germany.



A botanist (originally destined for the study of theology) who took his degree at Strassburg in 1877; in 1881 appointed Botanical Assistant at Leipsic University and subsequently Associate Professor at Strassburg and later (1882) at Rostock; in 1887 Professor at Marburg; since 1891 Professor and Director of the Botanical Institute and Garden at Munich; in 1909 D.Sc. degree at Geneva; he retired in 1930.

From 1885-86 he travelled in India, Ceylon and Java;1 later to S. America, and in 1898-99 to Australia and New Zealand.

Author of many papers,2 principally relating to ferns.

Urostachys goebelii Nessel was named after him.3


Collecting localities:

W. Java: Buitenzorg (Nov. 1885-March 1886),4 making excursions in the neighbourhood, e.g. to G. Salak, Megamendoeng and Tjibodas (Febr. 1886).-W Java (Sept. 1924-Jan. 1925)5 and subsequently visiting Sumatra West Coast, e.g. Haraukloof (Jan. 1925) and Sumatra East Coast, e.g. Petani Fall near Brastagi.



Herb. Rostock [ROST]: Java collection 1885-86; Herb. Berl. [B]: ferns, mosses and hepatics6 (coll. 1885-86); in the Mus. Berl.: 55 nos of fruits in alcohol; Herb. Munich [M]: coll. 1924-25.



(1) K. von Goebel: ‘Pflanzenbiologische Schilderungen I-II’ (Marburg 1889-91); ‘Morphologische and biologische Studien’ (in Ann. Jard. Bot. Buit. vol. 7, 9, 35, 36 and 39).

(2) cf. references in Ann. Jard. Bot. Buit. 45. 1935, p. 79, 86, 92.

(3) Collected in Haraukloof, cf. Fedde Repert. 36, 1934, p. 187-189, pl. CLXXV.

(4) cf. Dammerman in Ann. Jard. Bot. Buit. 45, 1935, p. 12.

(5) cf. l.c. p. 46.

(6) Hepaticeae by V.F. Schiffner in Nova Acta Leop. 60, no 2, 1893; by Th. Herzog in Svensk. Bot. Tidskr. 42, 1948, p. 230-241.

Lichens by Zahlbruckner in Ann. Crypt. Exot. 1, 1928, p. 109-212.


biographical data:

Wittrock, Icon. Bot. Berg., 1903, p. 127, t. 27; and l.c. 2, 1905, p. 125, t. 100; Ber. D.B.G. 50, 1932, Gen. Vers. Heft p. (131)-(162), incl. bibliogr. and portr.; Journ. Bot. 71, 1933, p. 1-3; Plant Physiology 10, 1935, p. 203-208, 2 portr.; Flora 131, 1936, p. v-xi; Ein deutsches Forschersleben in Briefen 1870-1932’. Herausgegeben von E. BERGDOLT, Berlin 1940, 273 pp., portr.; Ber. Deut. Bot. Ges. 68, 1955, p. 147-162.


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