Hermann Harms

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 (Schum.) and Harmsiella (Briq.) commemorate his name.[1]


  • 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).


  • This article is based on a translation of an equivalent article at the German Wikipedia, namely: Robert Zander, Fritz Encke, Günther Buchheim, Siegmund Seybold (eds) Handbook of Plant Names . 13th Edition. Ulmer Verlag, Stuttgart 1984, ISBN 3-8001-5042-5 .
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