Heinrich Gustav Flörke

Heinrich Gustav Flörke Heinrich Gustav Flörke (24 December 1764, in Altenkalden in Mecklenburg – 11 June 1835) was a German botanist and lichenologist.

He initially studied theology and mathematics in Bützow, later studying medicine at the University of Jena. In 1816 he succeeded Ludolph Christian Treviranus (1779–1864) as professor of natural history at the University of Rostock, where he remained for the rest of his life.

He specialized in the field of lichenology, being known for his investigations of the genus ''Cladonia''. During his career, he was highly critical of Swedish botanist Erik Acharius's work; e.g. ''Kritische Anmerkungen zu den Becherflechten in der Lichenographia universalis des Herrn Doctors und Ritters Erik Acharius'' (1810) - (Critical comments on the cup lichen in ''Lichenographia universalis'' of Erik Acharius).

For a number of years Flörke was an editor of "Oekonomische Encyklopädie", an encyclopedia initiated by Johann Georg Krünitz (1728–1796). His name is associated with the wildflower genus ''Floerkea'', and also the lichen species ''Cladonia floerkeana''. Provided by Wikipedia
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