Jonas Hollsten to Carl Linnaeus,
23 June 1750 n.s.
L1145. Jonas HollstenJonas Hollsten (1717-1789). Swedish.
Jonas HollstenHollsten, Jonas (1717-1789).
Hollsten reports that the snow had thawed early that year, beginning on April 28th which was the earliest ever but the winds resulted in no shoots appearing until May 17th. The following plants emerged as follows:
Tussilago, Flora Svecica Linnaeus, Carl Flora Svecica,
Caltha, Flora Svecica 473, the same day
Hypocheris, Flora Svecica 631, May 14th
Rubus, Flora Svecica 413, May 27th
Azalea, Flora Svecica 170, May 30th
Hollsten plans to join the local vicar on his visit up to the Lapps in the mountains where he hopes to find more flowers and he asks whether he can send them using official free postage to Uppsala, otherwise he will have to abandon his collections. Hollsten remarks that the Lapps are convinced that “kurbma” (the swellings caused by gadflies) are the same as pox-marks on humans). When Hollsten reaches the mountains he will try to obtain a worm that the reindeer are said to cough up and hopes to be able to describe the result to Linnaeus in due course.