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Link: • Johan Otto Hagström to Carl Linnaeus, 12 September 1756 n.s.
Dated 12 Sept. 1756. Sent from LinkŲping (Sweden) to (). Written in Swedish.


Johan Otto HagströmHagström, Johan Otto
(1716-1792). Swedish. Physician and
naturalist. Linnaeusís 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.
thanks Linnaeus for a letter and continues to supply Linnaeus with local information on plants in the proximity of Linköping.

Ophrys insectifera myodes 818 is to be planted by Hagström in a shaded place in his courtyard and will be watered to keep the place moist. He does not have a garden in town, and anyway would have to pay 15 öre in the copper reckoning for each cask of water. However, such reasons would not prevent Hagström from daily observation of such a pleasurable natural event.

Monotropa Hypopithys 315 has been found by Hagström in ancient forests, being locally called Gubbe-rosor [Old-manís roses]. It is believed to be useful in curing tussi humida senili, as related to Hagström by a farmer from Skeda parish. When Hagström sent Monotropam to Linnaeus on the last occasion he did not have access to a book on botany apart from the Genera plantarum [presumably the first edition, Genera plantarumLinnaeus, Carl Genera
plantarum eorumque characteres naturales
secundum numerum, figuram, situm &
proportionem omnium fructificationis
(Leiden 1737). Soulsby no.
]. The reason being that his friends had borrowed him the 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.
together with other books. Hagström has now noticed that Monotropam has been moved to Decandriam monogyniam, secundum in the Philosophia botanicaLinnaeus, Carl Philosophia
botanica, in qua explicantur fundamenta
botanica cum definitionibus partium,
(Stockholm 1751). Soulsby no.
, 178.

Lysimachia vulgaris 175 is locally called Gull-spira [Golden Sceptre]. Acorus Calamus 297, Sweet Flag grows here and there, particularly near Norrköping. Cows eat both the leaves and the roots and the milk and butter thereby receives a fairly pleasant taste.

Tropaeoleum, Nasturtium Indicum Materia MedicaLinnaeus, Carl Materia
Medica. Liber I. De plantis secundum:
genera, loca, nomina, qualitates, vires,
differentias, durationes, simplicia,
modos, usus, synonyma, culturas,
praeparata, potentias, composita,
digestus, &c.
I-II (Stockholm
1749). Soulsby no. 968.
, 181, locally called Sallats-Rosor[Sallad Roses]. Hagström remarks how curious it is that Östergötland has such beautiful names for its plants.

Hagström has been able to borrow the book Museum Adolpho-FridericianumLinnaeus, Carl Museum
, diss., resp.
L. Balk (Uppsala, 1746). Soulsby no.
from bishop Andreas Olai RhyzeliusRhyzelius, Andreas Olai
(1677-1761). Swedish. Bishop,
who had been given it by the king [Adolf FredrikAdolf Fredrik, (1710-1771).
Swedish. King of Sweden. Reigned
1751-1771. Married to Lovisa Ulrika.
Father of Gustav III. Chancellor of
Uppsala university 1747-1751.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
]. The entire work praised Linnaeus. Hagström is pleased to note that in Flora Svecica all the Linnaean disciples have been mentioned in connection with their various observations, commenting that such things are most encouraging.

In closing, Hagström asks Linnaeus for some seeds of plantas fenestrales.


a. (LS, VI, 104-105). [1] [2] [3]


1. Bref och skrifvelser (1912), vol. I:6, p. 254-255   p.254  p.255.