To Joseph Decaisne1    11 October 1878

Melbourne, 11th October 1878

Professor Dr Decaisne


Honored and dear Sir

This is dictated to you from my sick bed, but I did not like the mail to pass without asking from you a favor. I am anxious to ascertain the precise species of Stipa named by Gaudichaud Stipa crinita. Would you be so very friendly as to let me have a few fragments of the original specimen from Shark Bay? In the same manner I would like to clear up the doubts concerning Lepidosperma squamatum of La Billardière,2 if you can spare me a spikelet and portion of leaf from La Billardières typical specimens in your museum.

Enclosed I offer a few seeds of Senecio platylepis, the species was recorded only from one single locality, but in a recent journey I found it millionfold between the Murrumbidgee and Lachlan river.3

With regardful remembrance


Ferd. von Mueller.


Lepidosperma squamatum

Senecio platylepis

Stipa crinita

MS written by G. Luehmann and signed by M.
See also M to J. Decaisne, 20 March 1879.
NSW. M had returned to Melbourne from this journay on 1 October 1878.

Please cite as “FVM-78-10-11b,” in Ɛpsilon: The Ferdinand von Mueller Collection accessed on 23 October 2021,