Jonas Hollsten to Carl Linnaeus,
16 October 1774 n.s.
L5042. Jonas HollstenJonas Hollsten (1717-1789). Swedish.
Jonas HollstenHollsten, Jonas (1717-1789).
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).
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
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.