To William Lonsdale   9 March 1853

Ovens-river,1 9th March 1853

Sir

I do myself the honor to inform you, for communication to his Excellency the Governor, that I reached Mount Aberdeen in the Buffalo ranges on the 25th of February and that since that time Mr Dallachy and myself have been travelling through this mountains in various directions to examine and collect its botanical productions. We adscended two of the highest points of the ranges, which however yielded not so many new plants as we expected, perhaps because the altitude of the summits exceeds appearently not 4000! The prevalent rocks are Granit and Slate, many Quartz veins were also seen.

I added since my last report from May-days hills2 nearly 50 species to my Flora of this province; as remarkable amongst them I might record a species of Baeckea, which for its similarity in flavor and taste to Lemon and some aromatic peculiarity proved to be useful for a wholesome and by no means disagreable tea. The bark leaves and fruits of the Tasmania3 I have no doubt form a good surroga[te] for the Wintera bark of Tierra del Fuego. The principle ornamental plants are a high Correa, and a Grevillea surpassing in size and splendour all others of this colony. The other new plants belong to the following genera: Leptospermum, Eucalyptus, Acacia, Euryomyrtus, Hibbertia, Panicum, Melaleuca, Boronia, Osmunda, Pomax, Grimmia, Lomotia,4 Billardiera, Bauera, Prostanthera, Drosera, Baeckea, Pultenaea, Lysinema, Comosperma, Lepidosperma, Sphagnum, Leptinella, Agaricus, Loranthus, Asplenium, Cryptandra, Westringia, Logania, Persoonia, Cyperus, Isolepis, Nothochlaena, Psoralea[,]5 Thesium and an unknown genus of Borragineae and Umbelliferae.

With regard to Phytogeographia I observed a remarkable increase of the myrtaceous order during the later part of our journey.

As the season is already so far advanced and the state of our horses made it impossible to extend our journey to the higher alpine country, Mr Dallachi thought it advisable, to return now in a streight direction homeward, intending to procure like of the new Grevillea and Correa or some of the other ornamental plants living specimens for the botanic garden, whilst I proceed to Mount Buller alone and thence I will endeavour to return through Gipps land, hoping that this plan will meet with his Excellencys approval.

All those specimens, which have been collected on the way to May-days hill6 have been entrusted to the care of Mr Commisioner Clow,7 to be forwarded to his Excellency the Governor.

It remains yet to state, that we met on the Buffaloe ranges Mr Barnett, by whom this part of the country is surveyed, and I am only doing justice to this gentleman, when I acknowledge his readiness to guide us to the peak of Mount Aberdeen, the first adscent ever made of this mountain.

I have the honor, Sir, to be

your most obedient and humblest servant

Dr. Ferd Mueller,

Government-botanist

 

The honorable, the Colonial Secretary.8

 
 

Acacia

Agaricus

Asplenium

Baeckea

Bauera

Billardiera

Boronia

Borragineae

Comosperma

Correa

Cryptandra

Cyperus

Drosera

Eucalyptus

Euryomyrtus

Grevillea

Grimmia

Hibbertia

Isolepis

Lepidosperma

Leptinella

Leptospermum

Logania

Lomotia

Loranthus

Lysinema

Melaleuca

Nothochlaena

Osmunda

Panicum

Persoonia

Pomax

Prostanthera

Psoralea

Pultenaea

Sphagnum

Tasmania

Thesium

Umbelliferae

Westringia

Wintera

Vic.
M to W. Lonsdale, 22 February 1853.
Tasmannia?
Lomatia?
editorial addition.
Now Beechworth, Vic.
James Clow.
MS file annotation by Lieut. Governor La Trobe, 22 March 1853: 'a good report Let the authorities at May Day Hill be specially charged to care for the collections & to forward them when safe occasion offers.' The instructions were given by the Assistant Colonial Secretary, L. Gilles, on 24 March 1853 (No. 53/1559, 53/3540, unit 20, p. 199, VPRS 3219, PROV).

Please cite as “FVM-53-03-09,” in Ɛpsilon: The Ferdinand von Mueller Collection accessed on 19 January 2022, https://epsilon.ac.uk/view/vonmueller/letters/53-03-09