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Alexander Bunge : biography

September 29, 1803 - June 7, 1890

Alexander Georg von Bunge (Russian: Aleksandr Andreevich von Bunge, Алекса́ндр Андре́евич Бу́нге; 24 September (6 October) 1803 – 6 July (18 July) 1890) was a Baltic German botanist born in Kiev. He is best remembered for scientific expeditions into Asia and especially Siberia.

Selected writings

  • Flora Altaica; scripsit Carolus Fridericus a Ledebour, adiutoribus Car. Ant. Meyer et Al. a Bunge. (1829-1833)
  • Enumeratio plantarum quas in China boreali collegit Dr. Al. Bunge. Anno 1831. (1832)
  • Alexandri Lehmann reliquiae botanicae; sive, Enumeratio plantarum in itinere per deserta Asiae Mediae ab A. Lehmann annis 1839-1842 collectarum. Scripsit Al. Bunge. (1847)
  • Beitrag zur kenntniss der flor Russlands und der steppen Central-Asiens, (1851) - Contribution to the knowledge of flora native to Russia and the steppes of Central Asia.
  • Plantas Abichianas in itineribus per Caucasum regionesque Transcaucasicas collectas, enumeravit A. Bunge. (1858)
  • Labiatae persicae, (1873). (bibliography)


  • Genus Bungea (family Orobanchaceae, formerly a member of the family Scrophulariaceae).
  • Pulsatilla bungeana from genus Pulsatilla
  • Euonymus bungeanus from genus Euonymus
  • Allium bungei from genus Allium
  • Pinus bungeana from genus Pinus. PINACEAE
  • Fraxinus bungeana from genus Fraxinus
  • Clerodendrum bungei from genus Clerodendrum
  • Catalpa bungei from genus Catalpa. Catalpa bungei by Richard T. Olsen and Joseph H. Kirkbride, Jr.

Bunge Land in the New Siberian Islands and a crater on Mars were named after him.


He studied medicine at the University of Dorpat, later serving as a professor of botany in Kazan. In 1835, he returned to Dorpat, where he taught classes in botany until 1867. Here, he kept in contact with University of Halle botanist Diederich Franz Leonhard von Schlechtendal via correspondence, articles in the journal "Linnaea" and through the exchange of herbarium specimens. Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg | Schlechtendalia P-ISSN 1436-2317 E-ISSN 2195-9889 He remained in Dorpat until 1881, spending his later years in Dorpat conducting investigations of Estonian flora. Biography of Gustav B. von Bunge

With Carl Friedrich von Ledebour and Carl Anton von Meyer, he participated in an important scientific expedition to the Altai Mountains. by Umberto Quattrocchi In 1830-31, he traveled to Beijing by way of Siberia, through which he conducted extensive research of Mongolian flora.

He was the father of physiologist Gustav von Bunge (1844-1920) and of Alexander von Bunge (1851–1930), an explorer and zoologist. by Mark Nuttall

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