Domenico Maria Leone Cirillo to Carl Linnaeus,
14 October 1764 n.s.
L3458. Domenico Maria Leone CirilloDomenico Maria Leone Cirillo
Domenico Maria Leone CirilloCirillo, Domenico Maria Leone
Cirillo tells Linnaeus about his trip to Sicily: the Count of ChiaromonteChiaromonte, Italian. Count. showed him his private pleasure garden of indigenous and exotic plants. Cirillo saw Hortus CatholicusCupani, Francesco Hortus
The Mountains of Panormo and the shores abound in many beautiful plants. There is especially a species of Polygonum, whose description Cirillo has never seen. He will send Linnaeus a dried specimen.
Aparine minor saxatilis grows abundantly around Panormo. Cirillo sends many species of Arenaria, Hypecoum procumbens, Scabiosa cretica, Iberis semperflorens, etc.
Thapsia turbith, Asclepium convolvulus peregrinus, Convolvulus siculus, Convolvulus lineatus, Arundo arenaria, Andropogon ciliatum, Chenopodium maritimum, Iris sisyrinchium, etc., grow in maritime meadows.
Teucrium fruticans, Thalictrum purpureum, Osyris alba, Silene fruticosa, Echium montanum, etc., grow on slopes.
Aegilops incurva, Rhamnus paliurus, Euphorbia dendroides, Chamaerops humilis, etc., grow everywhere.
At the end of May, Cirillo went to Catana to observe plants and also the famous ignivomous mountain Aetna.
Ononis, Jacobaea sicula chrysanthemi facie, Vitex agnus-castus, Lavatera olbia, Molucella spinosa, Gypsophyla struthium, etc., grow around Catana.
Cirillo often saw Eryngium capitulis psylii, Brassica orientalis, Astragalus epiglottis, etc., in the countryside of Catana. However, Astragalus tragacantha is frequent on Mount Aetna.
Cirillo has acquired Sicilian minerals and the Cicindela maura that is described in Linnaeusís Systema naturae, 10th editionLinnaeus, Carl Systema
Michele Enrico SagramosoSagramoso, Michele Enrico
Fabio ColonnaísColonna, Fabio (1567-1650).
Cirillo has only seen the new edition of Linnaeusís Species plantarumLinnaeus, Carl Species
Cirillo encloses some seeds of Sicilian plants; he will send more later on.
P.S.1 The Count of Chiaromonte sends his greetings; he wants to exchange rare seeds with Linnaeus.
P.S.2 Cirillo will send the majority of seeds later on together with dried specimens of Sicilian plants.