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Link: • Jonas Hollsten to Carl Linnaeus, 16 October 1774 n.s.
Dated 16 oct. 1774. Sent from Kvickjokk (Sweden) to (). Written in Swedish.


Jonas HollstenHollsten, Jonas (1717-1789).
Swedish. Schoolmaster, dean, botanist.
Linnaeusís student. Correspondent of
reports that he had made his last mountain journey in the previous July, travelling to the border at Wirijaur Träsk. This was the 18th such journey he had accomplished and on each occasion he had travelled along a different route but during recent years had been unable to find any new plants and believes that there are few in the Swedish mountains that have not been sent to Linnaeus.

Among all mountain plants, Hollsten considers Saxifraga, Fl. 1, 177, to be the rarest, to be found only at the top of the cliff on the mountain Nammack, 5 kilometres to the south of Kvikkjokk. That is probably where Seger SvanbergSvanberg, Seger (?-1740).
Swedish. Surveyor of the mines of
northern Sweden.
also found it, as mentioned by Linnaeus in the Flora [Hollsten means the Flora LapponicaLinnaeus, Carl Flora
Lapponica exhibens plantas per Lapponiam
crescentes, secundum systema sexuale
collectas in itinere [...] Additis
synonymis, & locis natalibus omnium,
descriptionibus & figuris rariorum,
viribus medicatis & oeconomicis
(Amsterdam, 1737).
Soulsby no. 279.

Another, that is just as difficult to find, is Andromeda, Flora Lapponica, 166. This flower had not been seen by Hollsten more than once far up on the mountain at Tarrilubba, and another time to the north-west of Walli, where Linnaeus himself mentions that he had seen it.

Azalea , Flora Lapponica, 89 is also rarely seen in bloom, probably because this flower blooms fairly early in the spring before Hollsten reached the mountain districts around July 20th.

Arbutus, Flora Lapponica, 162 flowers already while the snow is still on the ground, and thus is seldom seen in bloom.

Despite the weather in the lowland parts of the country being very dry this summer, writes Hollsten, on his journey from 14th to 28th July there had been rain on most days and even one day with snow.

Nonetheless, he had been able to find specimens of almost all the plants already in his collection.

Hollsten had sent some leaves to Linnaeus during the previous autumn and in July he had sent a chest containing slices of peat containing mountain plants to be transported by a man from Västergötland, named Nättblad.

This man had promised to deliver them to the Observatory in Stockholm. A letter had been sent to Petr Jonas BergiusBergius, Petter Jonas
(1730-1790). Swedish. Physician and
botanist. Professor of natural history
and pharmacy at Collegium Medicum,
Stockholm. Linnaeusís student.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
requesting him to forward the chest to Uppsala. Hollsten hopes that the plants had arrived safely and had not dried out on the way.

In order to fulfil his requirements in Luleå, Hollsten had filled a Lapp sledge with as much peat as could be loaded onto it and then covered, so that wet snow would not damage it. Hollsten believes that in this way the peat will survive until the next spring.


a. (LS, VII, 120-121). [1] [2] [3]


1. Bref och skrifvelser (1917), vol. I:7, p. 127-128   p.127  p.128.