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Link: • Ferdinando Bassi to Carl Linnaeus, 2 September 1768 n.s.
Dated Postridie Cal: Septembris An: 1768. Sent from Bologna (Italia) to Uppsala (Sweden). Written in Latin.


Ferdinando BassiBassi, Ferdinando
(c.1710-1774). Italian. Director of the
botanical garden of Bologna.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
is glad to fulfil the tasks that Linnaeus has given him, so he sends a dried specimen of a Ranunculus for Linnaeus to investigate further and define. Michelangelo TilliTilli, Michelangelo
(1665-1740). Italian. Professor of
botany, supervisor of the botanical
garden, Pisa. Grandfather of Angelo
Attilio Tilli.
published it from the botanical garden in Pisa [Bassi refers to the Catalogus plantarum horti PisaniTilli, Michelangelo Catalogus
plantarum horti Pisani

For the second year, Bassi has had an Egyptian plant, called “Felfel-Tavil” by Prospero AlpiniAlpini, Prosper (1553-1617).
Italian. Botanist and physician.
, flowering in his garden, and as he is not sure of where it belongs he sends Linnaeus a dried specimen of that too.

Bassi wonders what Linnaeus thinks of the new Psoralea, which Bassi had sent seeds of earlier.

Bassi plans to work at adding to his herbarium and if he finds something that is not listed in the Species plantarumLinnaeus, Carl Species
(Stockholm 1762-1763).
Soulsby no. 500.
, he will send it to Linnaeus. He states as a kind of principle that he does not care much for the trend of declaring plants as new species, when they are really just variants that do not differ enough from others in the same genus. If he sends some specimens to Linnaeus, it is because he thinks that the famous Linnaeus should see them.


a. (LS, I, 438-439). [1] [2] [3]


1. Bref och skrifvelser (1916), vol. II:1, p. 230-231   p.230  p.231.