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To J. D. Hooker   15 [May 1862]



Yellow anthers of Heterocentron produce on the same plant thrice as many seeds as the crimson anthers. Crimson anther seeds produce dwarf plants, others rise high up. Monochaetum ensiferum facts are still more strange. Wants to investigate the case, and asks for a plant of the Melastomataceae just before flowering.

Has JDH a Rhododendron boothii from Bhutan with pistil bent the wrong way?

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  15 [May 1862]
Classmark:  DAR 115: 151
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3548

From John Lubbock   15 May 1862


Thanks for Orchids.

"The big book [Variation] will no doubt go on again now."

JL is writing on Somme implements ["Evidence of antiquity of man", Nat. Hist. Rev. n.s. 2 (1862): 244–69].

Author:  John Lubbock, 4th baronet and 1st Baron Avebury
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  15 May 1862
Classmark:  DAR 170.1: 30
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3549

From George Henry Kendrick Thwaites   15 May 1862


Sends CD a quotation from Plato which anticipates the Origin.

Has been enjoying CD’s paper on dimorphism in the Journal of the Linnean Society ["Two forms of Primula", Collected papers 2: 45–63]. He has found similar structures [see Forms of flowers, pp. 116, 122].

Author:  George Henry Kendrick Thwaites
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  15 May 1862
Classmark:  DAR 110 (ser. 2): 79–80, DAR 171.1: 3
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3550

From M. T. Masters   [c. 15 May 1862]


Thanks for Orchids.

Author:  Maxwell Tylden Masters
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [c. 15 May 1862]
Classmark:  DAR 171.1: 66
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3551

From George Chichester Oxenden   15 May 1862


Thanks for the book [Orchids].

Found thousands of Ophrys aranifera plants.

Author:  George Chichester Oxenden
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  15 May 1862
Classmark:  DAR 173.2: 48
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3553

From George Bentham   15 May 1862


Thanks CD for his book [Orchids]. CD has opened a new field for observation and a new unexpected track to explore phenomena that had before appeared "irreconcilable with ordinary opinion and method shown in the organic world".

Author:  George Bentham
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  15 May 1862
Classmark:  DAR 160.1: 152
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3554