To Ronald Gunn1    28 July 1853

Melbourne, Collin Street, N. 70 East

28. July 53.

Dear Sir,

Acknowledging the receipt of your letter from 22. instant,2 which has been the source of great pleasure to me, and considering that your kind attendance to my wishes at present would cost considerable trouble, I would propose that our mutual communications of plants should be postponed til next year, as I become convinced that my time will hardly permit me to accomplish the examination of the new plants of my last journey before I starte again for a further examination of the country.

This new tour will most likely occupy me for 8 or 9 months, and I shall be therefore reluctantly obliged to abandon for that period all my botanical correspondence. But I hope, that after my return you will be pleased to select such species for the collection here, as I will mention, and that my acquivalent, including then no doubt many a interesting sp. more, will be also of greater satisfaction to you. Meanwhile, my dear Sir, you might find a period of tranquillity, to lay aside for me some rareties of your island, which, as undescribed yet, are unknown to me.

It is perhaps of some interest to you to learn, that I found to my delight amongst Podocarpus montana and some other alpine plants the Ranunculus Gunnianus on the summit of Mount Buller.

The Panax Gunnii must be a very interesting plant. I have from here 4 different species (P. dendroides, Dallachii, paucilobus & angustifolius)3, but none of them bears any close alliance to yours. The Schizaea from here, which you mention, is, I suppose the Sch. bifida of Swartz, the only one near Melbourne known to me. This as well as an other sp. from Gipps land are different from S. fistulosa Lab., which I posses from V.DL.

Hibbertia virgata, which you mentioned from this neighboorhood is the true H. fasciculata of RBr4 according to the ample description in DC. syst.,5 notwithstanding it occurs in Hook. icon6 by the name virgata, and the Hibb. prostrata is nothing more than a variety of it. Pleurandra densiflora Hook. appears according to his description no different from P. sericea R.Br.

I have the honor, dear Sir, to subscribe my self your devoted servant

Ferd. Mueller.


R. Gunn, Esq. J.P. &c.


Hibbertia fasciculata

Hibbertia prostrata

Hibbertia virgata

Panax angustifolius

Panax Dallachii

Panax dendroides

Panax Gunnii

Panax paucilobus

Pleurandra densiflora

Pleurandra sericea

Podocarpus montana

Ranunculus Gunnianus

Schizaea bifida

Schizaea fistulosa

MS envelope front: 'Ronald Gunn, Esq JP. | near Launceston | V.D.L.' Front post-marked Launceston, 6 August 1853.
Letter not found.
Panax dallachii and P. paucilobus not in IPNI.
Robert Brown.
A. P. de Candolle (1818-21).
W. Hooker (1836-54).

Please cite as “FVM-53-07-28,” in Correspondence of Ferdinand von Mueller, edited by R.W. Home, Thomas A. Darragh, A.M. Lucas, Sara Maroske, D.M. Sinkora, J.H. Voigt and Monika Wells accessed on 8 August 2022,