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Link: • Pehr Kalm to Carl Linnaeus, 26 August 1742 n.s.
Dated 15 Aug. Ao. 1742. Sent from Tanum (Sweden) to Uppsala (Sweden). Written in Swedish.


Pehr KalmKalm, Pehr (1716-1779).
Swedish. Botanist and traveller,
professor of natural history at
Åbo. Disciple of Linnaeus.
Travelled in North America 1748-1751.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
acknowledges his indebtedness to Linnaeus for all he has learnt in natural history.

He is now sending Linnaeus his report of his botanical discoveries in Bohuslän [some years later Kalm published his travelreport in Pehr Kalms Wästgötha och Bahusländska resaKalm, Pehr Pehr Kalms
Wästgötha och
Bahusländska resa förrettad
år 1742 : med anmärkningar
uti historia naturali, physique,
medicine, oeconomie, antiquiteter etc.
jemte nödige figurer

(Stockholm, 1746).

Among the relatively rare plants he has found, he mentions the following ones in his letter:

Ligustrum, common on the islands.
Alchemilla, Flora LapponicaLinnaeus, Carl Flora
Lapponica exhibens plantas per Lapponiam
crescentes, secundum systema sexuale
collectas in itinere [...] Additis
synonymis, & locis natalibus omnium,
descriptionibus & figuris rariorum,
viribus medicatis & oeconomicis
(Amsterdam, 1737).
Soulsby no. 279.
, 67, found on Kosterön, near the sea, remarkable for a mountain plant.
Anagallis, Hortus CliffortianusLinnaeus, Carl Hortus
Cliffortianus, plantas exhibens quas in
hortis tam vivis quam siccis Hartecampi
in Hollandia coluit [...] Georgius
(Amsterdam 1737). Soulsby
no. 328.
, 52:1.
Solanum, three species, two of which are mentioned in Hortus Cliffortianus.
Chenopodium, grows near shores.
Statice, Limonium maritimum maius, there is a reference to Caspar BauhinBauhin, Caspar (1560-1624).
Swiss. Botanist and physician, Basle.
Bauhinís Prodromus and Pinax
theatri botanici
(1620, 1623, 1671)
were important works in the field of
botanical nomenclature.
, blue flowers, common on a skerry in Tanum.
Erica, Hortus Cliffortianus, 148:8, abounds.
Sedum, four species.
Rubus, Hortus Cliffortianus, Sp. 1.
Geum, a new genus found in addition to those mentioned in Hortus Cliffortianus.
Thalictrum, a new species.
Cochlearia, grows so abundantly that it could furnish all the pharmacies of Sweden with seeds.
Crambe, more common than cabbages in the gardens of Uppsala.
Pisum, there is a reference to Pisum marinum and John RayRay, John (1627-1705).
British. Naturalist and clergyman. One
of the most influential botanists before

He has kept a little plant in his care during his journey; he calls it Nescio [=unknown to me]. He gives a description of it and asks if it can be Anthericum.

P.S. He sends his regards to Linnaeus and Anders CelsiusCelsius, Anders (1701-1744).
Swedish. Professor of astronomy,
Uppsala. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
. He has collected the specimens Celsius asked for.


a. (LS, VIII, 2-3). [1] [2] [3]


1. Bref och skrifvelser (1922), vol. I:8, p. 1-3   p.1  p.2  p.3.