Nicolaus Joseph, baron von Jacquin to Carl Linnaeus,
30 April 1764 n.s.
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Jacquin is also struck by the close similarity of Scopola Carniolica with Atropa belladonna. Giovanni Antonio ScopoliScopoli, Giovanni Antonio
Jacquin has never seen Peloria, and he does not ask Linnaeus for a specimen since he did not succeed in getting dried plants from Linnaeus even when there was an open way for the mail through Holland. But what is to be done on Atropa belladonna when all plants just give empty seeds? Jacquin has not thought it to be a new genus but leaves it to others to decide and describe. The matter of the name is not so important. Atropa, Scopola, Hyoscyamus, all may work, as long as the identity and the character of the plant is consistent and you do not give it a name already taken for another species.
Jacquin congratulates Linnaeus on the tea bush and makes some comments on Polypodiumas a follow-up on the previous letters.
Jacquin has just published in Vienna, part 1 of Observationum botanicorum [...] pars I-IV et ultimaJacquin, Nicolaus Joseph, baron von
Some fifteen species among those sent through Gronovius are again asked about. The letter continues with a list of some twenty detailed questions and comments on various species and their treatment by Linnaeus and others. Jacquin ends with a promise to send material, especially since he expects a delivery of ferns, mosses and grasses from a friend in Martinique.