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Link: linnaeus.c18.net/Letter/L5180 • Carl Linnaeus to Nicolaus Joseph, baron von Jacquin, 20 January 1776 n.s.
Dated 1776 d. 20 Januar. Sent from Uppsala (Sweden) to Wien (Austria). Written in Latin.

upSUMMARY

The plant that was generally called Theobroma augusta had both flowered and produced fruits last summer. However, the plant and the fruit were more like Hibiscus, although the flower was like Theobroma. So it will form a genus by itself, tentatively called Panobroma. It definitely merits being depicted by Jacquin.

Fungus Hydnora has recently been described by Linnaeus in Acta Stockholmiensia 1775 (Linnaeus means Kungliga Vetenskapsakademiens handlingar Kungliga
Vetenskapsakademiens handlingar

(1739-) (Transactions of the Royal
Swedish Academy of Sciences).
; this description was however never published there, it was published as the last dissertation Linnaeus presided for, Planta apytheia [Hydnora]Linnaeus, Carl Planta
aphyteia [Hydnora]
, diss., resp. E.
Acharius (Uppsala [1776]). Soulsby no.
2457.
). It came from the Cape of Good Hope. Linnaeus had never seen such a plant before, mistakenly considered a mushroom. Linnaeus would have liked to send Nicolaus Joseph von JacquinJacquin, Nicolaus Joseph, baron von
(1727-1817). Dutch. Botanist. In
1755 at the order of emperor Franz I of
Austria he went to the Antilles and
South America. In 1763 he became
professor of mineralogy and chemistry at
Chemnitz, later professor of botany at
Vienna and director of the botanical
garden at Schönbrunn. Correspondent
of Linnaeus.
a specimen, but it can not be sent in a letter.

Linnaeus has not yet received the plants sent with Adolf MurrayMurray, Adolph (1751-1803).
Swedish. Professor of anatomy and
surgery, Uppsala. Son of Andreas Murray
and brother of Johan Andreas Murray and
Gustaf Murray. Half-brother of Johann
Philipp Murray. Correspondent of
Linnaeus.
.

[2004-07-11]

upMANUSCRIPTS

a. original holograph (UUB, G152g). [1] [2]