Original paper

Humboldt, his botanical mentor Willdenow, and the fate of the collections of Humboldt Bonpland

Hiepko, Paul

Abstract

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.