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Link: • Carl Linnaeus to Nicolaus Joseph, baron von Jacquin, 10 September 1761 n.s.
Dated 1761 d. 10 Septembr. Sent from Uppsala (Sweden) to Wien (Austria). Written in Latin.


Linnaeus wrote a letter (September 1761)Letter L2962 only a few days previously, but as Dodecatheon has just produced seeds, Linnaeus hastens to send some to Nicolaus Joseph von JacquinJacquin, Nicolaus Joseph, baron von
(1727-1817). Dutch. Botanist. In
1755 at the order of emperor Franz I of
Austria he went to the Antilles and
South America. In 1763 he became
professor of mineralogy and chemistry at
Chemnitz, later professor of botany at
Vienna and director of the botanical
garden at Schönbrunn. Correspondent
of Linnaeus.
. In return, he again asks for seeds of Cherleria and Drypis, since he has not managed to get plants from those received earlier.

Linnaeus sends seeds and specimens of Alstroemeria, a Peruvian plant recently transferred to Europe. It is described briefly, and Linnaeus thinks it can grow outdoors in Vienna.

The Saxifraga sent in the previous letter (20 May 1761)Letter L2912 was Saxifraga tridactylites.

Linnaeus asks some additional questions on Urticularia and wonders when Jacquin’s new work will appear. – Some more questions: Are the mountains in Martinique so high that they reach above the tree limit? What vegetation is found there in the mountains?

The species of Hibiscus received was not what Linnaeus expected, so he asks for more seeds.

Linnaeus wants to confirm the name of one of the plants grown from Jacquin’s seeds, Sida trisulca. – Are Samyda and Caseariain the same gender? – Seeds of Cinna are sent; it sows itself in protected parts of the Uppsala University Botanical Garden.



a. original holograph (UUB, G152e). [1] [2] [3] [4]


1. Caroli Linnaei epistolae ad Nicolaum Josephum Jacquin (1841), p. 44-45   p.44  p.45.