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From G. C. Oxenden   31 May [1862]1


May 31

Dear Sir

I have just sent you two or three specimens of—Aceras. A. &—Hypopithys— which I found this Morning,2 whilst seeking for “Lizard Orchis”—of which last however I only found 3 Plants—3

—In regard to the Mysterious disappearance of rare plants from localities, wherein they may previously have been abundant, I humbly submit that it admits of satisfactory explanation—4

Your’s most truly | G. Chichester Oxenden

CD annotations

1.1 I have … Hypopithys—] ‘Monotropa?5 added in margin, pencil


Dated by the relationship to the letters from G. C. Oxenden, 26 May 1862 and 30 May [1862].
Oxenden refers to Aceras anthropophorum, the man orchid, and Monotropa hypopitys, the yellow bird’s nest, a saprophytic dicotyledon that resembles an orchid. See also letter from G. C. Oxenden, 4 June [1862] and n. 8.
Oxenden probably refers to his correspondence with CD about Ophrys arachnites, CD’s side of which has not been found, but see the letters from G. C. Oxenden, [before 30 May 1862] and 30 May [1862].


Sends plants.

The disappearance of rare plants from localities where they have been abundant can be explained.

Letter details

Letter no.
George Chichester Oxenden
Charles Robert Darwin
Sent from
Broome Canterbury
Source of text
DAR 173.2: 51
Physical description
3pp †

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 3581,” accessed on 2 December 2021,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 10