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Link: • Pehr Osbeck to Carl Linnaeus, 6 September 1752 n.s.
Dated 26 Augusti 1752. Sent from Göteborg (Sweden) to (). Written in Swedish.


Pehr OsbeckOsbeck, Pehr (1723-1805).
Swedish. Clergyman, botanist explorer.
Studied at Uppsala under Linnaeus
1745-1750. Chaplain on ships of the
Swedish East India Company on voyages to
China. Vicar of Hasslöv (Halland).
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
sends Linnaeus some more plants and specifies them briefly. Some are from China, others from Java.

Among the plants sent by Magnus LagerströmLagerström, Magnus
(1691-1759). Swedish. Director of the
Swedish East India Company.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
, three are from the island of Asuncion. One is a grass, found in the highest altitude. Another is a small tree, growing in lower altitudes. Osbeck gives its character but cannot say more, since the hot climate had made it impossible for him to take any equipment ashore with him. The third is also a small tree, which may be found in Christopher Henrik Braad’sBraad, Christopher Henrik
(1728-1781). Swedish. Supercargo of the
Swedish East India Company.
collection, and Osbeck had had difficulties in finding a complete specimen since the goats, the only animal in the island, had eaten much of it.

These plants and Portulaca (or maybe not the real one but a plant very similar to the real one) are the only ones that grow on the island.

The tea-set should be in Uppsala. In the tea-pot, Osbeck had put mosses and other natural specimens and a few Fuci from Asuncion. One of the cups was broken, and the lid of the sugar bowl is glued, but in other respects the set is complete.

Among the plants, there was also another Fucus and a Melastoma.

In colder weather, Osbeck feels better.

P. S. Osbeck observes that Melothria and Sphaeranthus in the Ceylonese flora should also be included in the Chinese flora. Osbeck also mentions that he has another Fucus found outside England during the return voyage but that it is too heavy to include in the sending.


a. (LS, XI, 300-301). [1] [2] [3]


1. “Linnés korrespondens med Pehr Osbeck” (1974), p. 105-106   p.105  p.106.