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Link: • Carl Linnaeus to Johannes Burman, c. 5 September 1757 n.s.
Dated . Sent from () to Amsterdam (Netherlands). Written in Latin.


Linnaeus has seen, read and examined Johannes BurmanísBurman, Johannes (1707-1779).
Dutch. Botanist, professor of medicine
in Amsterdam. Close friend of Linnaeus.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
plants from the Cape of Good Hope and he is astonished. A list of numbered plants follows.

Linnaeus is not pleased with the name Osterdikia because Johannes Oosterdijk SchachtOosterdijk Schacht, Johannes
(1704-1792). Dutch. Professor of
medicine at Utrecht. Son of Herman
Oosterdijk Schacht.
is a physician, even if he is a very good one, but he has not contributed to botany. It would be against Linnaeusís rules to accept it, but he is afraid to offend Burman if he excludes it.

As concerns Dracontium and Wachendorfia, Linnaeus agrees completely. The leaves have died but they have perfect roots.

Linnaeus asks Burman to give names to two new genera, preferably not after persons, unless they deserve it very well.

Linnaeus has received a living shoot from China, which will flower soon. It should be numbered among the most beautiful flowers from a tree.

Linnaeus is amazed seeing so many rare flowers and plants from the Cape of Good Hope. When will the day come when all the shrubs are explained? Certainly Burman has them all.

Linnaeus asks Burman to send flowers of Schoenus capensis and of plant number 88 in a letter.


a. original holograph (KVA, Carl von Linnes arkiv, 0801-0802). [1] [2]


1. Epistolae ineditae Caroli Linnaei (1830), p. 17-19 .
2. Bref och skrifvelser (1943), vol. II:2, p. 104-107   p.104  p.105  p.106  p.107.