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Link: • Carl Clemens Flodin to Carl Linnaeus, 9 May 1774 n.s.
Dated 9 maj 1774. Sent from Helsingør (Denmark) to Uppsala (Sweden). Written in Swedish.


Carl Clemens FlodinFlodin, Carl Clemens
(1752-1822). Swedish. Physician and
surgeon. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
sends Linnaeus a drawing of an embalmed animal, reported to be a drake, and gives a detailed description of it. The drawing is of the same size as the animal. Here in Helsingör the animal was a great rarity, some saying that it was composed of parts of other animals, but the fact that it had lived could be seen from its teeth and claws, as well as its ribs, that were visible inside the animal. Flodin had a good opportunity to examine it since it was in his chamber for several days. It was rather old and slightly damaged, and then taken to Copenhagen to be sold for 50 Riksdalers.

In closing, Flodin tells Linnaeus that in the fruits of the Dyrospermum plant that Linnaeus had given him to draw, he had found two seeds in one of the pods. Also Ranunculus ficaria has two fruits on the petiole.


a. (LS, IV, 192-193). [1] [2] [3]


1. Bref och skrifvelser (1912), vol. I:6, p. 103-104   p.103  p.104.