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Darwin Correspondence Project

From Catherine Darwin1   8 July 1841

[A note, describing abortive pistils in the flowers of Veratrum nigrum. CD has added in ink ‘Don says is [‘s’ over ‘n’] Polygamia!!!’2.]


This note, in Catherine Darwin’s hand, is probably a copy made for CD from a newspaper or journal.
A mistake for James Donn. Donn 1823 classifies Veratrum nigrum under Polygamia, the Linnean class of plants that have male, female, and hermaphrodite flowers on the same or different individuals.


Donn, James. 1823. Hortus Cantabrigiensis; or an accented catalogue of indigenous and exotic plants cultivated in the Cambridge Botanic Garden. 10th ed., with numerous additions and corrections, by John Lindley. London.


Describes the appearance and occurrence of imperfect flowers of "Hex.[?] Trigynia".

Letter details

Letter no.
Emily Catherine (Catherine) Darwin/Emily Catherine (Catherine) Langton
Charles Robert Darwin
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Source of text
DAR 109: A95
Physical description
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Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 603,” accessed on 16 October 2021,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 2