Carl Linnaeus to Domenico Vandelli,
19 November 1765 n.s.
L3672. Carl LinnaeusCarl Linnaeus (1707-1778). Swedish.
to Domenico VandelliDomenico Vandelli (1735-1816). Italian.
Linnaeus has received the boxes from Domenico VandelliVandelli, Domenico (1735-1816).
Linnaeus has reported the findings of Vandelli to the Royal Society of Sciences in Uppsala [Kungliga Vetenskaps-Societeten i UppsalaKungliga Vetenskaps-Societeten i
Linnaeus asks Vandelli to try to obtain from his friends in Portugal dried specimens of Jalapa, Ipecacuanha and Balsamus Peruvianus, which should be more available in Portugal than elsewhere. Linnaeus specifies the difficulties he has with these species. There are two species of Jalapa, and it is uncertain which of them is Jalapa officinarum.
The Ipecacuanha is botanically undetermined, although it is very often used in medicine. The same is the case with Balsamus Peruvianus.
The doctors in St. Petersburg use Spigelia to cure intestine worms, and a dose costs two ducats. This plant is common in Brazil, so Vandelli should acquire a large stock of it for sale throughout Europe, at considerable gain to himself. It can not be cultivated in European gardens, as it needs very warm soil.
Vandelli could make a fortune from that alone.
Linnaeus has recently got proof that the bite of a Gordius will cause ingrowing nails.
1. Florae lusitanicae et brasiliensis specimen (1788), p. 83-84 .