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To J. S. Burdon Sanderson   12 June 1874

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JSBS’s article in Nature ["Venus’s fly-trap", 10 (1874): 105–7, 127–8] could not have been better done.

Has found another plant, Pinguicula, which can catch and digest flies.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Scott Burdon Sanderson, baronet
Date:  12 June 1874
Classmark:  University of British Columbia Library, Rare Books and Special Collections (Darwin - Burdon Sanderson letters RBSC-ARC-1731-1-18)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9489

From J. S. Burdon Sanderson   19 June 1874

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Sends cartilage from cat’s ear, the elastic fibres of which will probably resist digestion [by Drosera]. Is preparing fibro-cartilage, which he expects will be digested easily. [See Insectivorous plants, p. 104.]

Author:  John Scott Burdon Sanderson, baronet
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  19 June 1874
Classmark:  DAR 58.1: 60–1
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9502

To J. S. Burdon Sanderson   21 June [1874]

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Thanks for fibrin. Drosera and Pinguicula dissolve it thoroughly.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Scott Burdon Sanderson, baronet
Date:  21 June [1874]
Classmark:  University of British Columbia Library, Rare Books and Special Collections (Darwin - Burdon Sanderson letters RBSC-ARC-1731-1-2)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9504

From J. S. Burdon Sanderson   26 June [1874]

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Is delighted to hear that Pinguicula and Drosera digest fibrin. Suggests diluting gluten in weak hydrochloric acid to remove starch. Enamel was nearly digested [by Drosera] overnight. Would like to try separating the digestive ferment of Pinguicula.

Author:  John Scott Burdon Sanderson, baronet
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  26 June [1874]
Classmark:  DAR 58.1: 144–5, 153–4
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9517
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