THE death is announced of the veteran Italian botanist, DR. PIER ANDREA SACCARDO, emeritus professor in the Royal University of Padua. Born at Treviso in 1845, Prof. Saccardo joined the Royal Botanic Garden of Padua in 1866 as assistant director, and in 1878 became director—a post which he retained for the remainder of his official life. He was also professor of botany in the Royal University. He is best known for his systematic work on the fungi; his “Sylloge Fungorum omnium hucusque cognitorum” has been, since the publication of vol. i. in 1882, the working handbook of systematic mycology. Succeeding parts or volumes appeared at intervals, the last, vol. xxii., in 1913; other eminent mycologists have co-operated in this great work. Prof. Saccardo also published numerous separate memoirs dealing with the fungi. His “Notæ Mycologicæ” was a series of descriptive papers in various journals devoted to mycology from 1890 to 1916, when series xx. appeared in the Nuovo Giornale Botdnico Italiano. But his activities were not limited to the fungi. Under the title “La Botanica in Italia” (1895, 1901), an exhaustive compendium of Italian botanists and their work from the Roman epoch onwards, he made a valuable contribution to botanical bibliography. In 1909 he contributed a supplemental volume to the “Flora analitica d'Italia” (by Fiori, Paoletti, and Béguinot), entitled “Crono-logia della Flora Italia,” a systematic list of the earlier records of the species of ferns and flowering plants, native or naturalised in Italy. Prof. Saccardo was also the author of a pamphlet, “Chromotaxia,” on colour nomenclature, for the use of botanists and zoologists. In recognition of his eminent services to botany he was elected in 1916 a foreign member of our own Linnean Society.

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    [Obituaries]. Nature 105, 76 (1920). https://doi.org/10.1038/105076b0

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