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To J. D. Hooker1   [1 March – 15 May 1862]2

Evelyna caravata Steudel has capitata 3 Pleurothallis ligulata 4 Stelis racemiflora Steudel has racemosa 5 Bolbophyllum rhizophoræ6


This may have been an enclosure with one of the letters written to Hooker at this time. Hooker’s annotations are recorded in nn. 3–6, below.
The date range is established by the reference to Lindley 1862a (see n. 6, below). The number of the botanical section of the Journal of the Proceedings of the Linnean Society of London in which Lindley 1862a appeared was published on 15 May 1862; the preceding number was published on 1 March 1862 (General index to the Journal of the Linnean Society, p. vi).
Hooker wrote ‘=Caravata, Lindl.’ next to these two lines. CD refers to Steudel 1841, a copy of which is in the Darwin Library–CUL. CD mentioned Evelyna caravata in Orchids, p. 164.
Hooker added ‘, Lindley. Peru. I think you had better put a ? to this, as there is a little difference between the original wild specimens & our garden ones.’ CD referred to ‘Pleurothallis prolifera and ligulata (?)’ in Orchids, p. 166.
Hooker added ‘Should I think be Pleurothallis racemiflora, Lindl.’ next to these two lines. CD cited Stelis racemiflora in Orchids, p. 167.
Hooker added ‘Lindl. A new W. African species, will be described by Lindley in Linn. Journal. next number’. An article by John Lindley on West African tropical orchids was published in the 15 May 1862 number of the Journal of the Proceedings of the Linnean Society (Lindley 1862a). Lindley described Bolbophyllum rhizophorae in ibid., p. 125. CD discussed the species in Orchids, p. 170.


General index to the Journal of the Linnean Society: General index to the first twenty volumes of the Journal (Botany), and the botanical portion of the Proceedings, November 1838 to June 1886, of the Linnean Society. London: Linnean Society of London. 1888.

Orchids: On the various contrivances by which British and foreign orchids are fertilised by insects, and on the good effects of intercrossing. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1862.

Steudel, Ernst Gottlieb. 1841. Nomenclator botanicus: seu: synonymia plantarum universalis, enumerans ordine alphabetico nomina atque synonyma, tum generica tum specifica, et a Linnaeo et a recentioribus de re botanica scriptoribus plantis phanerogamis imposita. 2d edition. 2 parts. Stuttgart and Tübingen: J. G. Cotta.


[List of plants in CD’s hand, with notes by JDH identifying them.]

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
Joseph Dalton Hooker
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Source of text
DAR 101: 87
Physical description
Amem 1p ††

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 3884,” accessed on 21 October 2021,

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