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Link: • Johann Georg Gmelin to Carl Linnaeus, 23 March 1747 n.s.
Dated XII Mar. MDCCXLVII. Sent from St Petersburg (Russia) to (). Written in Latin.

Viro Illustri,
D[omino] D[octori] Linnaeo,
S[alutem] P[lurimam] D[icit]
J[oannes] G[eorgius] Gmelin.

Ecce semina Astrachanensia, quae promisi. Superiori anno collecta sunt. Ergo spes maxima de illis est, quod germinatura sint. Faxit Deus, ut hoc fiat. Scies tunc, quid sit nitraria SchoberiSchober, Gottlob (1770-1739).
German. Doctor of medicine, travelled in
& Kali bacciferum Buxb[aumii]Buxbaum, Johann Christian
(1693-1730). German. Professor of
botany, St Petersburg.
. Plantas etiam siccas Sibiricas pro Te paratas habeo proxime reddendas D[omin]o LagerflychtLagerflycht, Johan (1701-1774).
Swedish. Baron, president of the
circuit appeal-court at Åbo,
Finland, in 1768.
, ut per occasionem mittat. Ultima plaga primi tomi florae Sibiricae jam prelum subiit, ut primis navibus ad Te exemplar mittere possim.[1] Mittam etiam ollam cum Nyctanthe diversa forte ab illa, quam ante biennium miseram, foliis latioribus, petalorum laciniis etiam latioribus & brevioribus.[2] Stamina etiam pistillo duplo longiora sunt, cum in transmissa ad Te specie pistillum staminibus duplo longius sit.

Vale & me ama!

Dabam Petropoli d[ie] XII Mar[tii] MDCCXLVII.


Johann Georg Gmelin sends Linnaeus seeds collected last year in Astrakhania. There is good hope that they will germinate. When they do, Linnaeus will know what Gottlob Schoberís Nitraria and Johann Christian Buxbaumís berry-bearing Kali are.

Gmelin will send Linnaeus some dried Siberian plants through Johan Lagerflycht. He will soon be able to send the first volume of his Flora Sibirica to Linnaeus.

Gmelin will send a pot with Nyctanthes, perhaps different from the one he sent two years earlier, with broader leaves and broader and shorter fringes of the petals. Furthermore, the stamens are twice as long as the pistil, although in the one Linnaeus has already got the pistil is twice as long as the stamens.


a. original holograph (LS, V, 43-44). [1] [2] [3]


See Gmelin to Linnaeus, 6 July 1745 o.s., 17 July 1745 n.s.Letter L0639.