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Link: linnaeus.c18.net/Letter/L3818 • Antonio Turra to Carl Linnaeus, 2 October 1766 n.s.
Dated die 2. Octobris 1766.. Sent from Vicenza (Italia) to Uppsala (Sweden). Written in Latin.

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Antonio TurraTurra, Antonio (1730-1796).
Italian. Botanist, mineralogist and
practicing physician at Vicenza.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
has just received a letter from Linnaeus [this letter hs not come down to us].

Turra sends a specimen of the plant, whose description and illustration he sent in his last letter [Turra to Linnaeus, 26 July 1766Letter L3772]. He once wrongly thought that it belonged to Michel Adanson’sAdanson, Michel (1727-1806).
French. Botanist. Travelled in Senegal.
An opponent of Linnaeus. Correspondent
of Linnaeus.
genus Torilis.

Turra’s hermaphrodite Coriaria is a new species very distinct from Linnaeus’s Coriaria myrtifolia. Having cultivated one plant of the hermaphrodite Coriaria in his little garden, he has received seeds that have germinated. He can, therefore, conclude that Louis Gerard’sGérard, Louis
(1733-1819). French. Botanist,
Cotignac, Provence. Correspondent of
Linnaeus.
observation is wrong. Pietro Arduino’sArduino, Pietro (1728-1805).
Italian. Professor of economy, Padua.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
character of Cornelia agrees perfectly.

Turra eagerly awaits the plants and seeds that Linnaeus has promised him.

Turra is pleased that Bengt FerrnerFerrner, Bengt (1724-1802).
Swedish. Astronomer at Uppsala
University. Tutor of crown prince Gustav
of Sweden. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
has enlightened Linnaeus regarding some of Turra’s plants. To enlighten Linnaeus further Turra quotes a letter written by Linnaeus on 12 April in 1763 [this letter has not come down to us] the contents of which can be compared to what Linnaeus writes in the appendix of the second edition of Species plantarumLinnaeus, Carl Species
plantarum
(Stockholm 1762-1763).
Soulsby no. 500.
. In this letter Linnaeus had said that most of Turra’s plants are very rare and that Rhus laevigatum is a new species, Stachys palaestina is new to him, Malva scherardiana is new to him and excellent, Campanula alpini is new to him and finally that Pulmonaria alpina is a new species. Linnaeus should not believe that Turra wants some sort of recognition in the next edition of Species plantarum.

P.S. In Turra’s catalogue regarding the plants of Mount Baldo, published in Diarium Italicum, for the year 1764, the following new species can be found [Turra means his article, "Continuazione del Catalogo delle Piante, osservate dal Sig. Turra nel suo viaggio di Monte Baldo"Turra, Antonio
"Continuazione del Catalogo delle
Piante, osservate dal Sig. Turra nel suo
viaggio di Monte Baldo", in
Giornale d’ Italia spettante alla
scienza naturale
, 1 (1764), 144.
]: 1. Phalaris alpina 2. Galium bericum 3. Campanula urticifolia 4. Rhamnus pumilus 5. Bupleurum baldense 6. Rosa inermis 7. Potentilla caulescens 8. Potentilla nitida 9. Anemone alpina 10.Nepeta montana 11.Galeopsis media 12.Biscutella anchusaefolia 13.Orobus luteus 14. Artemisia alba 15. Doronicum bellidiastrum 16. Juniperus communis 17. Jungermannia paltyphylla

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a. (LS, XV, 421-423). [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6]