Walter Robyns

Walter Robyns

Christened Frans Hubert Edouard Arthur Walter Robyns is is always known as Walter Robyns as ir is the tradition in the region of his birth to use the last Christian name. He signed his papers as 'Walter Robyns' and should be cited 'Robyns' as the author of plant names, while his son, André Robyns is cited A.Robyns.

After two long stays in Kew, travels in central Africa and taxonomic work on many groups of tropical African plants, amoungst others the Rubiaceae, grasses and legumes, he became director of the National Botanic Garden of Belgium (1932-1966), where he shaped the transfer of the institute from the site in Brussels to the Bouchout Domain in Meise.

He was the initiator of a monographic flora series for central Africa, still continued today (Flore d'Afrique centrale) and was among the founders of the International Association for Plant Taxonomy.

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