Linnaeus & North America

Stephen Jankalski CEREOID at
Tue Apr 11 07:49:26 EST 2000

The North American plants described by Linnaeus were collected by others and
specimens were sent to him.

Does the name John Clayton ring a bell?

There have been several books and articles written about Linnaeus and his

"Rod Savidge" <savidge at> wrote in message
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> Many of the plant species in North America were originally named by
> Linnaeus, and I'm wondering if anyone can help me understand how this came
> about.  Did he actually visit North America or were herbarium specimens
> that were collected by others over here taken  to him?  Or, were there in
> the 1700's one and the same species existing on both sides of the
> Atlantic?    If anyone can enlighten me or suggest a good historical text
> on this, it would be most appreciated.
> Rod Savidge
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