Peter CollinsonCollinson, Peter (1694-1768).
British. Merchant and amateur naturalist
in London, corresponded with many
scientists. Correspondent of Linnaeus. tells Linnaeus that the Andrachne was raised from seeds obtained from Aleppo in 1756, sent by Alexander RussellRussell, Alexander
(c.1715-1768). British. Physician and
naturalist. In 1740 he went to Aleppo in
Syria as physician to the English
factory. Famous for his The Natural
History of Aleppo (1756; 2nd ed.
1794). After his return to England and
Scotland he worked as a physician.
Half-brother of Patrick Russell.
to John FothergillFothergill, John (1712-1780).
British. Physician and collector of
natural history objects. Studied in
Holland, France and Germany. His cabinet
of zoological and mineralogical
specimens as well as his botanical
garden at Upton were well known.
Correspondent of Linnaeus. . It first flowered in Fothergillís garden in 1766.
Collinson thinks it is the first specimen to flower in Europe. It stands outdoors and flowers in open ground.
Collinsonís plant is larger than Fothergillís but it has not yet flowered. It sheds its bark every year, as Pierre BelonBelon, Pierre (1517-1564).
French. Zoologist and naturalist. describes in his travel report [Collinson refers to Observations de plusieurs singularitez et choses memorablesBelon, Pierre Les
Observations de plusieurs singularitez
et choses memorables, trouvées en
Grece, Asie, Iudée, Egypte,
Arabie, & autres pays estranges,
redigées en trois liures
(Paris 1553). ].
The Andrachne was in full flower on May 17, 1766.
The size of the China Argus is seven and a half feet from the tip of the beak to the end of the tail, from the top of the back to the legs one foot, 3 and a quarter inches, and the leg and foot are ten and a quarter inches.