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Link: • Ferdinando Bassi to Carl Linnaeus, 31 December 1769 n.s.
Dated Prid: Kal: Ianuarii: An: 1769. 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.
thanks Linnaeus for dried specimens of five plants, which Linnaeus had sent to him [if these were enclosed with a letter, this letter has not come down to us]. They will be included into Bassiís herbarium and will remind him of Linnaeus.

Bassi sends Linnaeus several seeds of plants that he has not been able to find in the Species plantarumLinnaeus, Carl Species
(Stockholm 1762-1763).
Soulsby no. 500.
. He calls them Cyperus, Betonica, Hesperis, and he adds some information about where they can be found germinating.

Bassi also sends a drawing of a flowering Euphorbia viminalis [fol. 437], made with the use of a microscope. Bassi adds that it has flowered three times this year in his heated greenhouses. He discusses its peculiarities at some length, since he cannot decide if it belongs to a genus that is already established or if it belongs to a new genus. He needs advice from Linnaeus before he can publish it in the journal of the Bologna society.

If the plant is found to be of a new genus, Bassi wants to give it the name of Luca GhiniGhini, Luca (1490-1566).
Italian. Physician and botanist. Founder
of the Pisa Botanical Garden.
, the first professor of botany in Bologna, who lived in the 16th century.

Bassi adds some observations of a comet, which should be of interest to the professors of astronomy in Uppsala.

P.S. Bassi adds some information on differences between the plants sent, which had been collected in their natural habitat, and specimens of the same species growing in Bassiís garden. It seemed that the cultivated specimens lacked some of the details that could define them as separate species.


a. original holograph (LS, I, 437, 441-442). [1] [2] [3] [4] [5]


1. Bref och skrifvelser (1916), vol. II:1, p. 231-233   p.231  p.232  p.233.