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Charles Ludwig de Blume or Karl Ludwig von Blume (9 June 1796, Braunschweig - 3 February 1862, Leiden) was a German-Dutch botanist.

He was born at Braunschweig in Germany, but studied at Leiden University and spent his professional life working in the Dutch East Indies and in the Netherlands, where he was Director of the Rijksherbarium (state herbarium) at Leiden. His name is sometimes given in the Dutch language form Karel Lodewijk Blume, but the original Germanic spelling is the one most widely used in botanical texts, but even then there is confusion as he is sometimes referred to as K.L. (from Karl).

He carried out extensive studies of the flora of southern Asia, particularly in Java, then a colony of the Netherlands. From 1823 to 1826 Blume was Deputy Director of Agriculture at the botanic garden in Bogor (Buitenzorg) in Java. In 1855, he was elected a foreign member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences.

The botanical journal Blumea is named after him. This botanist is denoted by the author abbreviation Blume when citing a botanical name.[1]


  • Carl Ludwig Blume: Bijdragen tot de flora van Nederlandsch Indië …. 1825-1827 on Botanicus
  • Carl Ludwig Blume: Enumeratio plantarum Javae et insularum adjacentium. 1827-1828.
  • Carl Ludwig Blume & J. B. Fischer: Flora Javae nec non insularum adjacentium …. 1828-1851.
  • Carl Ludwig Blume: Rumphia, sive commentationes botanicae imprimis de plantis Indiae orientalis …. 1836-1849 (4 volumes with 170 illustrations)
  • Carl Ludwig Blume: Museum botanicum Lugduno-Batavum …. 1849-1857 on Botanicus


  1. ^ Brummitt, R. K.; C. E. Powell (1992). Authors of Plant Names. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. ISBN 1-84246-085-4.  

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(29.VI.1789 - 3.II.1862)


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