Rudolf Schlechter's South-American orchids I. Historical and bibliographical background


  • Carlos Ossenbach Orquideario 25 de mayo, Sabanilla de Montes de Oca, San José, Costa Rica
  • Rudolf Jenny Renz Herbarium, Swiss Orchid Foundation, Switzerland



bibliography, biography, history of botany, Orchidaceae, South America


This study represents the first part of a series dedicated to the work of Rudolf Schlechter on the orchid flora of South America. The historical background of Schlechter’s botanical activity is outlined, and salient aspects of his biography, as well as his main scientific relationships, in particular with Oakes Ames, and the origins of his interest in tropical America are discussed. We also present a complete bibliography relative to Schlechter’s production on the orchid floras of South American countries, with his network of orchid collectors, growers and other purveyors, and checklists of all the new taxa that he described from each individual country.


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Ossenbach, C., & Jenny, R. (2019). Rudolf Schlechter’s South-American orchids I. Historical and bibliographical background. Lankesteriana: International Journal on Orchidology, 19(2), 125–193.

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