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Link: • Johan Otto Hagström to Carl Linnaeus, 15 August 1756 n.s.
Dated 15 Augusti 1756. Sent from Linköping (Sweden) to (). Written in Swedish.


Johan Otto HagströmHagström, Johan Otto
(1716-1792). Swedish. Physician and
naturalist. Linnaeus’s student. Linnaeus
wrote the introduction to his Pan
(1768), on bee-pollinated
flowers. He was one of the tutors of
Carl Linnaeus the Younger. Correspondent
of Linnaeus.
tells Linnaeus that a letter from him is worth more than elegies from others written on entire sheets of folio.

Hagström sends Linnaeus a plant of Octandria monogynia, enquiring whether it belongs to Monotropa (Genera plantarumLinnaeus, Carl Genera
plantarum eorumque characteres naturales
secundum numerum, figuram, situm &
proportionem omnium fructificationis
(Leiden 1737). Soulsby no.
, 315). The edition of the Genera plantarum [...] editio quintaLinnaeus, Carl Genera
plantarum [...] editio quinta ab auctore
reformata et aucta
(Stockholm 1754).
Soulsby no. 301.
has still not been acquired by Hagström, and thus the first edition is quoted.

Hagström continues, noting the local name and use of Pyrola umbellate [Flora SvecicaLinnaeus, Carl Flora Svecica,
exhibens plantas per regnum Sveciae
crescentes, systematice cum differentiis
specierum, synonymis autorum, nominibus,
incolarum, solo locorum, usu
(Leiden 1745).
Soulsby no. 408.
, 363] .A housewife in Glänstårp has used this plant to perform great cures of gout and rheumatism. Her decoction made from this plant has brought her money, fame and reputation. The plant grows abundantly here in the forest, and thus Pehr ZettzellZetzell, Pehr (1724-1802).
Swedish. Military physician, Stockholm.
is certainly correct. Hagström continues noting and discussing local names of the following plants, referring to the Flora Svecica: Hyoscyamus niger, Datura (Stramonium), Laserpitium latifolium, Impatiens, Orchis muscan referens, Ophrys monorchis, Corallorhiza, Carduus heterophyllus, Gentiana (Amarella), Orobus niger, Daphne (Mezereum) .

The last plant is reputed to have been given to Johan HöppenerHöppener, Johan
(1696-1756). Swedish. Merchant,
here in Linköping by a traveller returning from the East Indies, and is a great rarity. It retains its blue colour throughout the year, but is placed in the cellar during the winter. However, Hagström doubts whether it originated from the East Indies.


a. (LS, VI, 102-103). [1] [2] [3]


1. Bref och skrifvelser (1912), vol. I:6, p. 252-253   p.252  p.253.