Heinrich Christian Funck

Heinrich Christian Funck (November 22, 1771 – April 14, 1839) was a German pharmacist and bryologist born in Wunsiedel, Bavaria. He was a co-founder of the Regensburg Botanical Society.

He received early training at a pharmacy in Regensburg, subsequently studying in Salzburg, Erlangen and Jena. In 1803 he acquired the family-owned pharmacy in Gefrees, from where he performed research of cryptogams, especially bryophytes. He conducted botanical investigations in the nearby Fichtelgebirge, and also organized excursions to the Salzburg Alps, Italy, Switzerland, et al.

In 1834 he sold the pharmacy in Gefrees in order to devote more time and energy to botany. Funck died of a stroke in Gefrees on April 14, 1839.

Written worksEdit

  • Kryptogamische Gewächse des Fichtelgebirges, Leipzig (second edition 1806–1838, 42 fascicles) – Cryptogamic plants of the Fichtelgebirge.[1]
  • Deutschlands Moose: Ein Taschenherbarium zum Gebrauch auf botanischen Excursionen, Bayreuth (1820) – Mosses of Germany : a pocket herbarium for use on botanical excursions.[2][3]


  1. ^ Grundriß der Kryptogamen-Kunde: Zur Orientirung beim Studium by Gustav Wilhelm Körber
  2. ^ Google Books Deutschlands Moose
  3. ^ Denkschriften der Königlich-Baierischen Botanischen ..., Volumes 10–11 by Bayerische Botanische Gesellschaft in Regensburg
  4. ^ IPNI.  Funck.