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Link: • Pehr Osbeck to Carl Linnaeus, 18 November 1752 n.s.
Dated 7 November 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.
thanks Linnaeus for his latest letter [this letter has not come down to us]. He admits that his descriptions, which he had sent to Linnaeus, were far from perfect, but he had had too much to do to improve them. He reminds Linnaeus that it had been very difficult to get ashore where he wanted and that the climate and the hostility of the natives had made an agreeable task very tiresome.

Osbeck thanks Linnaeus for the copy of the dissertation that Linnaeus had sent him [presumably Quaestio historico naturalis:cui bonoLinnaeus, Carl Quaestio
historico naturalis:Cui bono? Quam
breviter solutam
, diss., resp. C. E.
Gedner (Uppsala, 1752). Soulsby no.
]. Its subject is close to something that Osbeck had found with Feyhoo and inserted into his report of the journey.

Osbeck gives brief information about Gerania, Vicia, Bryonia and Parietaria. Since Linnaeus had wanted to call a plant Osbeckia, Osbeck gives a detailed description of a species of Melastoma that he thinks Linnaeus has intended this name for. He saw it flowering for the first time on September 11, 1751. Osbeck then goes on to give more or less detailed answers about thirteen more species, more extensive about Flagellaria and Passerina.


a. (LS, XI, 312-313). [1] [2] [3]


1. “Linnés korrespondens med Pehr Osbeck” (1974), p. 118-120   p.118  p.119  p.120.