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To Gardeners’ Chronicle   [4–5 June 1860]

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Wants to hear from readers about the way in which the bee-orchid (Ophrys apifera) is fertilised. He has always found it to be self-fertilised but greatly doubts that the flowers of any plant are fertilised for generations by their own pollen. The bee-orchid has sticky glands, which would make it adapted for fertilisation by insects; this makes him want to hear what happens to its pollen-masses in places he has not observed.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Gardeners’ Chronicle
Date:  [4 or 5] June 1860
Classmark:  Gardeners’ Chronicle and Agricultural Gazette, 9 June 1860, p. 528
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2826
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