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Link: • Clas Alströmer to Carl Linnaeus, 29 September 1760 n.s.
Dated 29 Septemb. 1760. Sent from Granada (Spain) to Uppsala (Sweden). Written in Swedish.


Since Clas AlströmerAlströmer, Clas
(1736-1794). Swedish. Baron,
industrialist. Sent plants and specimens
to Linnaeus from his travels abroad.
Bought Linnaeus’s “little herbarium”,
now in the Natural History Museum in
Stockholm. Son of Jonas Alströmer,
brother of August, Johan and Patrick
Alströmer. Correspondent of
letter of 6 September 1760Letter L2763, the writer has travelled over high, ugly mountains until he can see from his window the highest that is perpetually snow-clad. Although lemon trees are fewer in Granada, pomegranates, figs, mulberries and other fruits abound. The countryside is well cultivated by people who in body and soul are unlike the other Andalusians. The town and its surroundings are well watered.

Alströmer reports with sorrow and a sense of great loss the death in Cadiz of Louis GodinGodin Des Odonais, Louis
(1704-1760). French. Astronomer.
on 11 September.

Croton laccifera grows in abundance in the fields around Seville [probably a mistake for Granada], In Systema naturae, 10th editionLinnaeus, Carl Systema
, 10th edition (Stockholm
1758-1759). Soulsby no. 58.
its caracter compendiosus should be changed from femineus Calyx 5.phyllus to ployphyllus. Mormordica elaterium is common on fields in Andalusia, especially where manure or refuse has been spread. Alströmer has tried in vain to find a single [specimen] of androgynum, for it is always Dioica here. As promised the description of Schini areirae is as follows […]. Linnaeus may judge its fruit from the enclosed berries. The caracter compendiosus in the Systema naturae, and in Genera plantarum [...] editio quintaLinnaeus, Carl Genera
plantarum [...] editio quinta ab auctore
reformata et aucta
(Stockholm 1754).
Soulsby no. 301.
, of Cardiospermum should be changed from 3 phyl. to 4 phyl.

Being short of time, the writer advises only that he has sent from Seville via Cadiz and thence by sea a package of plants and another of seeds to Linnaeus. Within a week he travels to Valencia and thence to Madrid, and asks Linnaeus who knows all his friends to greet them from him.


a. (LS, I, 69-70). [1] [2] [3]


1. Bref och skrifvelser (1909), vol. I:3, p. 35-36   p.35  p.36.