Carlyle August Luer (August 23, 1922[1] – November 9, 2019) was a botanist specializing in the Orchidaceae. His specialty interest was the Pleurothallidinae (Genus Pleurothallis) and allied species.[2]

Carlyle A. Luer
Born(1922-08-23)August 23, 1922
DiedNovember 9, 2019(2019-11-09) (aged 97)
Known forOrchid taxonomy, particularly of the Pleurothallidinae
Scientific career

Born to Carl & Vera Luer,[1] he was raised in Alton, Illinois and later attended Washington University, St. Louis School of Medicine, graduating in 1946.[3] From there he went on to be a surgeon in Sarasota, Florida and upon retirement in 1975 took up the study and botanical illustration of Orchids.[3]

He aided in the foundation of the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens and was the first editor of their research journal Selbyana.[2] He was a senior curator at the Missouri Botanical Garden and published numerous articles and two books related to Orchid taxonomy.[3] Luer died at the age of 97 on November 9, 2019.[4]


  1. ^ a b Luer, Carlyle August. "Brazil, Rio de Janeiro, Immigration Cards, 1900-1965". familysearch. Retrieved November 28, 2013.
  2. ^ a b "Carlyle A. Luer". Selbyana. 30 (1). 2009. JSTOR 41760346.
  3. ^ a b c "Carlyle A. Luer, MD 46". Washington University, St. Louis School of Medicine Outlook Magazine. Archived from the original on April 11, 2012.
  4. ^ Luer, Carlyle August. "Carlyle August Luer Obituary". Retrieved November 13, 2019.
  5. ^ IPNI.  Luer.