Linnaeus complains to Antoine GouanGouan, Antoine (1733-1821).
French. Botanist, Montpellier. Student
under Sauvages. Director of the
botanical garden in 1767, later
professor of botany and medicine.
Although an admirer of Linnaeus he tried
to develop a hybrid of his system of
classification. Correspondent of
Linnaeus. that it is very difficult to determine plants that one has never seen from mere illustrations. He identifies the following plants, though:
135. Perhaps Atriplex littoralis
110. Hieracium alpinum
114,124. Crepis pulchra
113,120. Leontodon hispidum or hirtum
108. Perhaps Hypochaeris radicata
111. Perhaps Crepis biennis
115. Perhaps Crepis dioscoridis
125. Hieracium chondrilloides
119. Andryala lanata
83. Perhaps Doronicum plantagineum
118. Perhaps Crepis annua
126. Hypochaeris glabra; it might be Ceratocarpus
Linnaeus has received a bipedal animal from America [sent by Alexander GardenGarden, Alexander (1730-1791).
British/American. Doctor of medicine,
South Carolina. Correspondent of
Linnaeus. 18 May 1765Letter L3591; Linnaeus confirms to Garden that he has recieved the animal on 27 November 1765Letter L3682]. It sings like a bird. Perhaps it is a species of Siren [Linnaeus published a thesis on the animal the same year, see Siren lacertina dissertatione academicaLinnaeus, Carl Siren
Lacertina dissertatio academica,
diss., resp. A. Österdam (Uppsala,
1766). Soulsby no. 2335. ].
Linnaeus has received dried leaves of Sarracenia.