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Link: • John Ellis to Carl Linnaeus, 1 August 1758 n.s.
Dated August 1, 1758. Sent from London (Great Britain) to Uppsala (Sweden). Written in English.


I wrote to you a few days ago, and sent you a drawing of the dissection of a curious Plant, called by M[iste]r Miller a Jasmine. It is in the possession of M[iste]r Warner, who has sent you a dried specimen by Captain Fescher, through the hands of P[eter] Collinson.

Since, I have received another specimen, in order to be more accurate in the Seed Vessel, as the first was not come to so much perfection in that part. The calyx of this had but five alae and laciniae, and the limb in the exterior row was cut into five segments.

I called in M[iste]r Bierken to be present at the dissection, to assist me, and to testify to you what we observed. Upon opening the tube we found no stamina; but the style, instead of being one as described in my last letter, we found to be three distinct ones, each having a fleshy stigma and sitting on the germen, which we found divided into three loculaments, so that the base of each style was inserted into the top of each loculament. When we separated the germen from its place, the valves adhered to the hard spongy substance that inclosed them; these valves we examined in the microscope, and found to be of a strong fibrous or ligneous substance.

The reason why in this specimen the styles should appear separate, and joined in the former, is, because there were no stamina in this last, and therefore the styles had room to grow distinctly in the tube, being not so much compressed.

If then this plant appears to you after examination to be a new genus, I should be obliged to you to send the characters of it, as you intend to describe them in your Nova Genera.

M[iste]r Warner begs of me to write to you not to call it Warneria, and therefore I shall desire the favour of you to call it Augusta; a name, I hope, you will think highly suitable to the magnificent appearance of so elegant a plant, and in doing this you will much oblige, Sir,

Your most Obedient Servant,
John Ellis


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1. A selection (1821), vol. 1, p. 100-102   p.100  p.101  p.102.