Carl Linnaeus to Pehr Osbeck,
14 August 1752 n.s.
L1473. Carl LinnaeusCarl Linnaeus (1707-1778). Swedish.
to Pehr OsbeckPehr Osbeck (1723-1805). Swedish.
Linnaeus addresses Pehr OsbeckOsbeck, Pehr (1723-1805).
Linnaeus cannot wait for another letter from Osbeck, for the problem of the names of the plants keeps him thinking. In addition, he had happened to destroy their order, so that he is no longer able to refer to them as Osbeck did.
He gives details and names of three shrubs, one from Spain, similar to a Sedum, another from India with oblong leaves and a third with round leaves, a Croton.
Linnaeus asks Osbeck for details of the nature of this last-mentioned species in China. It is one of two species from which the Chinese get tallow; the other is Spinosa or Paullinia, but the Croton is the best. Linnaeus did not have it before, and only few people in Europe have seen specimens of it.
Getting specimens of rare plants is the greatest joy in the world.
Linnaeus will send Osbeck some interesting papers, as soon as he can find somebody to take them.
Linnaeus promises Osbeck that he will not reveal the information about the Chinese Sagittaria, but he wants to know how it is used. He quotes briefly from a couple of books what is known about an edible species of Sagittaria.