Nicolaus Joseph, baron von Jacquin to Carl Linnaeus,
20 May 1761 n.s.
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Cherleriaflowers richly in the garden, and Jacquin describes its flower in detail with its ten stamens, which are of two kinds, with five in each.
Jacquin also answers that Rhamnus Domingensis and Rhamnus polygamus should be brought to a new gender and not belong to Rhamnus at all. Jacquin proposes the name Hypselion for the gender. – He also answers the questions on Urticularia and Portulaca
This is followed by reports on various plants seen Austria or in America, e.g. Brunfelsia, Justicia. Of the latter, Jacquin has trouble with two variants, differing only in the number of anthers.
Jacquin does not know if anybody has sent Linnaeus a copy of Giovanni Antonio Scopoli’sScopoli, Giovanni Antonio
Jacquin had kept several birds in cages for the Emperor Franz IFranz I, (1708-1765).
Jacquin has difficulties with the pigeons and disagrees somewhat with Linnaeus since he can not identify some of the species of pigeons mentioned by Linnaeus in Systema naturae (Jacquin refers presumably to the 10th edition, 1758-1759Linnaeus, Carl Systema
The letter ends with promises of seeds and reports on flowering plants. A specimen of Saxifraga is enclosed; Jacquin describes it and its location and wants to know its name. – Descriptions of animals will follow. Jacquin asks for seeds of Meadiaand of rare plants and says he devotes much time to excursions in order to collect specimens of plants.