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Biographical entry Preiss, Johann August Ludwig (1811 - 1883)

21 November 1811
Herzberg am Harz, Hanover, Germany
21 November 1883
Herzberg am Harz, Hanover, Germany
Botanical collector and Naturalist


Johann Preiss made extensive collections of natural history specimens including mammals, birds, reptiles, and insects. As part of his collection expeditions he visited most of the known parts of south-western Australia. It is believed that others were later credited with the discovery of new species which Preiss had already discovered.



Taxonomy event - Eucalyptus preissiana Schau. was named in his honour, Preiss having been collector of the type
Taxonomy event - Eucalyptus foecunda Schau. Preiss collected the type
Taxonomy event - Eucalyptus redunca Schau. Preiss collected the type

Archival resources

Adolph Basser Library, Australian Academy of Science

  • Australian Botanists - Biographies, MS 064; Adolph Basser Library, Australian Academy of Science. Details

Published resources

Encyclopedia of Australian Science Exhibitions


  • Preiss, Ludwig, Plantae Preissianae sive enumeratio plantarum : quas in Australasia Occidentali et meridionali-occidentali annis 1838-1841 collegit Ludovicus Preiss, partim ab aliis partim a se ipso determinas descriptas illustratas edidit Christianus Lehmann, vol. 2 (Hamburgi: Scemptibus Meissneri, 1844-1847). Details

Book Sections

Conference Papers

  • Marchant, N.G., 'The Western Australian Collecting Localities of J.A.L. Preiss', in History of Systematic Botany in Australasia: Proceedings of a Symposium Held at the University of Melbourne, 25-27 May 1988 edited by Short, P.S. (Melbourne: Australian Systematic Botany Society, 1990), pp. 131-136.. Details

Journal Articles

  • Glauert, L., 'The Ornithological Collecting of Dr. L. Preiss in 1839', Western Australian Naturalist, 1 (1948), 147-148. Details
  • McGillivray, D. J., 'Johann August Ludwig Preiss (1811-1883) in Western Australia', Telopea, 1 (1) (1975), 1-18. Details
  • Meise, W., 'Notes on the Ornithological Collections of Preiss in the Swan River Colony, 1838-1841', Emu, 51 (1951), 148-151. Details
  • Stearn, W. T., 'Lehmann's 'Plantae Preissianae'', Society for Bibliography of Natural History Journal, 1 (1939). Details
  • Wilson, Karen and Wilson, Alastair, 'Preiss's account of his Western Australian travels', Australasian Systematic Botany Society Newsletter, 171 (2017), 24-5. Details


See also

  • Ducker, Sophie C., 'Australian phycology: the German influence' in People and plants in Australia, Carr, D. J. and Carr, S. G. M., eds (Sydney: Academic Press, 1981), pp. 116-38. Details
  • Hall, Norman, Botanists of the Eucalypts: short biographies of people who have named eucalypts, whose names have been given to species or who have collected type material (Melbourne: CSIRO, 1978), 101 pp. Details

McCarthy, G.J.