Domenico Maria Leone CirilloCirillo, Domenico Maria Leone
(1739-1799). Italian. Physician and
naturalist, Naples. Correspondent of
Linnaeus. is grateful for a letter from Linnaeus [this letter has not come down to us].
Cirillo discusses his botanical work. With the exception of Fabio ColonnaColonna, Fabio (1567-1650).
Italian. Botanist, painter and engraver.
, nobody has earlier annotated or described the plants of Naples more carefully than Cirillo. Pietro Antonio MicheliMicheli, Pietro Antonio
(1679-1737). Italian. Botanist, curator
of the botanical garden of Florence.
Before Linnaeus the leading authority on
cryptogames. found many new plants but he described them imperfectly.
Cirillo found it very difficult to define species according to Linnaeusís system, since he did not always have Linnaeusís Species plantarumLinnaeus, Carl Species
plantarum (Stockholm 1753). Soulsby
no. 480. at hand. He has had great help from Linnaeusís latest Systema naturae, 10th editionLinnaeus, Carl Systema
naturae, 10th edition (Stockholm
1758-1759). Soulsby no. 58. , but there are no synonyms except for the trivial names. From this Linnaeus can gather how much Cirillo desires a new edition of Species plantarum [The second edition was published the same year, Species plantarumLinnaeus, Carl Species
plantarum (Stockholm 1762-1763).
Soulsby no. 500. ].
Cirillo wonders whether Linnaeus places the Anthyllis, i.e., Johann Philip BreyneísBreyne, Johann Philip
(1680-1764). German/Polish. Zoologist
and physician in Danzig. Son of Jacob
Breyne. Correspondent of Linnaeus. Barba jovis pumila villosa, among the varieties of Anthyllis, etc.
Cirillo has not yet read Linnaeusís dissertation Generatio ambigenaLinnaeus, Carl Generatio
ambigena, diss., resp. C. L.
Ramström (Stockholm 1759). Soulsby
no. 2082. . Therefore, he cannot say whether his own findings confirm Linnaeusís system.
Cirillo sends Linnaeus some seeds and exsiccated plants. He mentions a peculiar species of Galium that is not annotated in Linnaeusís Systema naturae; it comes from the Appenines. There is also a Plantago foliis linearibus glabris, which Cirillo has never seen before. He wants to know whether it is a new species or whether it could be Joseph Pitton de TournefortísTournefort de, Joseph Pitton
(1656-1708). French. Botanist and
explorer, professor of botany at Paris. Plantago gramineo folio minor in the latterís Institutiones rei herbariaeTournefort de, Joseph Pitton
Institutiones rei herbariae, I-II
(Paris 1700). , etc.
Cirillo does not have the plants that Linnaeus desires. He has never seen a Papia garganica. Vallisneria can be had from the botanists in Florence. Cirillo will send it together with seeds of Drypis.
For the present Cirillo has not time to write down his observations on insects