Martinus Houttuyn

Maarten Houttuyn

Title page of the first volume of Natuurlijke Historie (1761)
Born 1720
Hoorn, Netherlands
Died 2 May 1798
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Nationality Dutch
Alma mater University of Leiden

Maarten Houttuyn or Houttuijn (1720 – 2 May 1798) Latinised as Martinus Houttuyn, was a Dutch naturalist.

Houttuynia cordata

Houttuyn was born in Hoorn, studied medicine in Leiden and moved to Amsterdam in 1753. He published many books on natural history. His areas of interest encompassed Pteridophytes, Bryophytes and Spermatophytes. He died in Amsterdam. In botanical nomenclature, the standard author abbreviation Houtt. is applied to plants described by him. He is commemorated by the monotypic genus Houttuynia, a member of the Saururaceae from China and Japan.

Martinus Houttuyn was the co-writer of the volumes 2, 3, 4 and 5 of Nederlandsche Vogelen.[1] The first author was Cornelius Nozeman.


  1. His name appears on the title pages of vol 2, vol 3, vol 4 and vol 5 of Nederlandsche Vogelen.
  2. IPNI.  Houtt.

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