Hermann Harms

Intro German botanist
A.K.A. Harms, Hermann August Theodor Harms
Was Scientist Botanist Professor Educator
From Germany
Type Academia Science
Gender male
Birth 16 July 1870, Berlin, Margraviate of Brandenburg
Death 27 November 1942, Berlin, Margraviate of Brandenburg (aged 72 years)
Star sign Cancer

Hermann August Theodor Harms (16 July 1870 – 27 November 1942) was a German taxonomist and botanist. Harms was born in Berlin. He worked as a botanist at the Botanical Museum in Berlin. He was a member of the Prussian Academy of Sciences. He died in Berlin, aged 52. He was longtime editor of Adolf Engler's "Das Pflanzenreich", and was the author of several chapters on various plant families in Engler and Prantl's "Die Natürlichen Pflanzenfamilien", including the chapters on Bromeliaceae (1930) and Nepenthaceae (1936). In the latter he revised the pitcher plant genus Nepenthes, dividing it into three subgenera: Anurosperma, Eunepenthes and Mesonepenthes (see Taxonomy of Nepenthes). Furthermore, he was interested in the genus Passiflora. The plant genera Harmsia () and Harmsiella () commemorate his name.


Genera siphonogamarum ad systematic Englerianum conscripta. Leipzig: G. Engelmann, 1900–1907, with Karl Wilhelm von Dalla Torre (1850-1928). Cucurbitaceae Cucurbiteae-Cucumerinae. Leipzig: Engelmann, 1924 (reprinted Wiley 1966), with Alfred Cogniaux (1841-1916). The standard author abbreviation Harms is used to indicate this person as the author when citing a botanical name.

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