Matthias de L’Obel

(1538–1616) [Lob.]

L’Obel divided plants according to the form of their leaves. His Stirpium Adversaria Nova (London, 1570, 1576) is a milestone of modern botany, a collection of notes and data on 1,300 plants that he had observed and gathered in France and England.

Right: HI Archives portrait no. 1a.
When Linnaeus cites Lob. ic., he's referring to Matthias de L’Obel (1538–1616), Plantarum seu Stirpium Icones (Antwerp, 1581).