Alexander Anderson, Leadenhall Street, [London], to James Edward Smith

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Ref No GB-110/JES/SP/1
Title Alexander Anderson, Leadenhall Street, [London], to James Edward Smith
Letter date 14 Nov 1807
Author(s) Alexander Anderson 1807-1811
Number of Pages 4

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GB-110/JES/SP/1 from Alexander Anderson, Leadenhall Street, [London], to James Edward Smith (14 November 1807)

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Item Type: Document
From: Anderson, Alexander
Sent from: London
To: Smith, Sir James Edward
Summary:

Observations on the two kinds of 'Dianthus' termed by gardeners "pink & carnation"; argues that they are not both 'Caryophyllus', as Smith determines them in "Flora Britannica", and proposes 'Caryophyllus' and 'Hortensis'; provides characters with three small ink sketches of plant details.
Criticises tendency for botanists to determine a plant at first glance without investigating its characteristics or examining whether existing descriptions are correct, so that incorrect specific distinctions are copied from edition to edition, even though they are useless for identification purposes.
[Note at head verso of first folio: "Read Dec. 15 1807"]

Letter date: 14 Nov 1807
Languages: English
Prev Ref No: 2
Additional Information:
Note typeNote
Related MaterialSmith, J E, (1800-1804). "Flora Britannica" London: Davis.
Finding AidsHutt, C M, "List of additional correspondence of Sir James Edward Smith" Linnean Society.