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Collectors of the UNC Herbarium

Johannes Rick
(1869 – 1946)

Information compiled by Carol Ann McCormick, July, 2013

The University of North Carolina Herbarium (NCU) has catalogued about 90 fungal specimens collected by Johannes Rick.  As we continue to catalog our collection, it is likely that many more will be found.  NCU has at least one fungal specimen that he collected in Austria (NCU-F-0010682, Polyporus caesius collected in Feldkirch in 1897).  However, most specimens at NCU were collected in the Brazilian state of Rio Grande do Sul, in the towns of Nova Petropolis (frequently abbreviated as “N.P.”) and Sao Leopoldo (frequently abbreviated to “Sao Leop.”). 

“Rick was a schoolteacher in Feldkirch [a medieval city in the state of Vorarlberg in Austria] from 1894 to 1898 before becoming a theology student in Valkenburg (Netherlands) from 1899 until 1902.  After moving to Brazil in 1902, he as a teacher until 1915, then a social worker from 1915 to 1929, and finally Professor of theology until 1942.”4

Images of specimen labels of NCU’s fungal collection are available online via

According to the Harvard Herbaria database of botanists, other herbaria that hold Rick’s specimens include PACA, B, BPI, CUP, FH, IAC, IACM, K, MICH, PC, R, RB, S, SFPA and SI.2

Johannes Rick, S. J.
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Neves, Maria Alice (2010)  The 1st Rick Foray.  The Fungal Forum for Mycological Science & Conservation. 

The 1st Rick Foray was organized by Maria Alice Neves and Clarice Logercio Leite, from the Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina, and was supported by the Programa de Pos-Graduacao em Biologia Vegetal at UFSC… On the morning of 2 October [2010] the group (23 professional mycologists and students) gathered to collected at Unidade de Conservacao Ambiental Destrerro, a fragment of secondary Atlantic Forest owned by UFSC.  Following the collection trip, the specimens were identified by the participants and are now deposited at FLOR.

The event is named in honor of the priest Johannes Rick… one of the first individuals to study mycology in Brazil, and worked mostly in the state of Rio Grande do Sul.  Between 1903, when he moved to Brazil from Austria, and 1946, the year he died in Brazil, Rick collected in numerous regions in the southern part of the country.  During this time he collaborated with many well-known mycologists, including Curtis Gates Lloyd, Heinrich Rehm, Giacopo Bresadola, and Hans Sydow.  The publications about Brazilian fungi, which resulted from these collaborations, were some of the first to discuss the mycological diversity of Brazil.  Many people consider Johannes Rick the father of Brazilian mycology.  His largest collection of specimens, Fungi Rickianiii, is deposited at PACA, in Sao Leopoldo, Rio Grande do Sul. 

The Rick Foray will be an annual event to search for, and discuss, new and interesting macroscopic fungi that occur in Southern Brazil.  The event is open to mycologists (professional and students) interested in the diversity and taxonomy of fungi.  The Foray will take place in a new location in Southern Brazil (Parana, Santa Catarina, Rio Grande do Sul) each year and will include a collecting trip as well as open discussions and talks where current ideas about mycology are shared.

Participants of the 1st Rick Foray, 01-X-2010. Photo by Silvia Venturi.

A list of Johannes Rick’s publications would be welcome!  Please contact Carol Ann McCormick at the University of North Carolina Herbarium if you have information concerning this!






1.  Torrend, Camille (1918)  Le Rev. Pere Johannes Rick, S. J. Mycological Notes 53:  750-751. 

2.  accessed on 12 July 2013.

3.  Neves, M.A. 2010. The 1st Rick Foray. The Fungal Forum ( TECC Editora. First published on 11-XI-2010. Last updated on 11November 2010.



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