To Richard Schomburgk   7 February 1870

Melbourne bot Garden



I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of a parcel of seeds from Arnhems Land, which collection you were so good to send to this establishment & for which I tender my best thanks. I gladly look forward also to the Museum plants, which you have been so friendly to allot to this establishment also. I will take an early opportunity of furnishing at least a succinct report thereon, which document may perhaps be appended to others to be published in connection with the surveys about Port Darwin.1

Dr Davies, one of the trustees of the Adelaide bot. Garden, expressed a desire for some American Juglans & Carya plants for your institution. These as well as some rare Oaks I will gladly furnish, but as these young trees were raised nowhere else yet in Australia with perhaps scarcely an exception, and as they are of such great industrial value, I would much wish, that their introduction into South Australia should be acknowledged specially in some public document. Being aware that you very extensively import plants, new to your colony, & as several of these may also yet be new to Victoria, I should regard it a favor, if you would send me a brief list of the rarest & most valuable plants of any kind, which you would have to spare and be inclined to offer to my department. I would then mark such, as I may not have already here

I understand that you possess many rare conservatory plants and it is likely that several of these are not yet introduced into Victoria

I have the honor to be, Sir, your obedient

Ferd. von Mueller


Dr Rich Schomburgk,

Director of the botan Garden of Adelaide.




No such publication has been found.

Please cite as “FVM-70-02-07,” 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 24 March 2023,