Humboldt, his botanical mentor Willdenow, and the fate of the collections of Humboldt Bonpland
published: Oct 9, 2006
The well known influence of C.L. Willdenow on Alexander von Humboldt was causal for the fact that there is a substantial set of the collections of Humboldt & Bonpland in the Willdenow Herbarium in Berlin (B-W). Willdenow's early death led to the publication of his mostly provisional diagnoses by Roemer & Schultes. The letters of J.A. Schultes confirm that the elder Schlechtendal copied the text from the herbarium of Willdenow and sent it to Roemer.