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Link: linnaeus.c18.net/Letter/L1243 • Isac Biberg to Carl Linnaeus, 15 February 1751 n.s.
Dated 4 febr. 1751. Sent from Härnösand (Sweden) to Uppsala (Sweden). Written in Swedish.

upSUMMARY

Isac BibergBiberg, Isac (1722-1793).
Swedish. Doctor of theology, lecturer in
Greek, Härnösand.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
refers to the importance of Linnaeus’s new Philosophia BotanicaLinnaeus, Carl Philosophia
botanica, in qua explicantur fundamenta
botanica cum definitionibus partium,
etc.
(Stockholm 1751). Soulsby no.
437.
, also to Linnaeus’s wish to see and count the teeth of the wolverine. Consequently, he has obtained a head from Lapland, which he sends to Linnaeus together with this letter.

Biberg tells Linnaeus that in the province of Medelpad Triticum - not Alopecurus - is generally called Efsingrot [äfsing, today “kvickrot” in Swedish, couch-grass in English]. If you blow through the great Alopecurus on a diseased eye, they say it will heal. Last spring Biberg sowed fields with Medicago. Not a single plant came up. To get yellow butter during the winter, farmers use to feed alderbark, a tree bark, to the cows. Colostrum was also used to enhance the colour of butter.

Biberg discusses the local name of pine grosbeak [which he names Laxia coccohraustes in accordance to an early nomenclature of Linnaeus].

upMANUSCRIPTS

a. (LS, I, 566-568). [1] [2] [3] [4] [5]

upEDITIONS

1. Bref och skrifvelser (1909), vol. I:3, p. 172-174   p.172  p.173  p.174.