Carl Linnaeus to Johannes Burman,
17 December 1764 n.s.
L3498. Carl LinnaeusCarl Linnaeus (1707-1778). Swedish.
to Johannes BurmanJohannes Burman (1707-1779). Dutch.
Linnaeus is still weak from illness but he has examined the plants Johannes BurmanBurman, Johannes (1707-1779).
Eight days ago Linnaeus received from a ship two boxes full of rare plants but without any letter so that he cannot see where they come from. One contains about 400 Indian plants without numbers but with Indian names added. He cannot recognize the handwriting. It does not seem to be Burmanís or his sonís [Nicolaas Laurens BurmanBurman, Nicolaas Laurens
The other box contains more than 100 Cape plants, very rare and beautiful, most of them with fructification. From the numbers he can see that they come from Burman, Johan Frederik GronoviusGronovius, Johan Frederik
On December 20 Linnaeus finishes his academic work and he can devote his time completely to these plants. Linnaeus will first deal with the Cape plants, then the Indian ones. That will take more than a month.
Linnaeus took a rapid look at the Cape plants and found two splendid plants that especially pleased him, Mathernia and Leucadendrum. He gives a description of them.
The plant number 117 ressembles Burmanís Wachendorfia but it should be classified as an Ixia.