Karl Gustav Limpricht

Karl Gustav Limpricht (11 July 1834, Eckersdorf near Sagan – 20 October 1902, Breslau) was a German schoolteacher and bryologist. His son, Hans Wolfgang Limpricht (born 1877), was a botanical collector in China.

From 1856 to 1858 he taught classes in the community of Obergläsersdorf (near Lüben), then spent several years as an instructor at the Mädchen gymnasium in Bunzlau (1858–1869). From 1869 onward, he was a teacher at the Evangelical high school in Breslau. In 1895 he attained the position of Oberlehrer.[1]

He was the author of a major work on mosses native to Germany, Austria and Switzerland, titled Die Laubmoose Deutschlands, Oesterreichs und der Schweiz (3 volumes, 1885-1903). It was in included in Rabenhorst's Kryptogamenflora von Deutschland, Oesterreich und der Schweiz.[1][2] His treatise on mosses and liverworts, Laub- und lebermoose (1876), was published in Ferdinand Cohn's Kryptogamen-flora von Schlesien (Cryptogamic flora of Silesia).[3]

In 1907 Leopold Loeske named the moss genus Limprichtia (family Amblystegiaceae) after him.[4]


  1. 1 2 Karl Gustav Limpricht (11.7.1834-20.10.1902) Geschichte der Bryologie in der Schweiz
  2. Google Books The Bryologist, Volumes 6-8
  3. Catalog HathiTrust Laub- und lebermoose, bearb. von K. Gustav Limpricht.
  4. BHL Taxonomic literature : a selective guide to botanical publications
  5. IPNI.  Limpr.
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