C. E. Bessey's case [see 10969] came too late, as the sheets had been printed, but CD thinks it should be carefully investigated as a possible case of incipient heterostyly.
Is trying to make out the function of "bloom", the waxy secretion on leaves and fruits.
Down, | Beckenham, Kent. | Railway Station | Orpington. S.E.R.
My dear Gray
Prof. Bessey's case has come too late for me, as the sheets on this subject are printed
off. Nor indeed if it had come earlier, should I have known what to do with it. The
pollen-grains & stigmas ought to be compared. The case seems to be well worth
careful investigation & I w
When you receive my little book, you will see that I have done an audacious deed with respect to you.—
I am now trying to make out the use or function of ``bloom'' or the waxy secretion on the leaves & fruits of plants, but am very doubtful whether I shall succeed.— Can you give me any light? Are such plants commoner in warm than in colder climates? I ask because I often walk out in heavy rain & the leaves of very few wild dicotyledons can be here seen with drops of water rolling off them like quicksilver. Whereas in my flower garden, greenhouse & hot-houses there are several. Again are bloom-protected plants common on your dry western plains; Hooker (Sir Joseph Hooker) thinks that they are common at the C. of Good Hope.— It is a puzzle to me if they are common under very dry climates, & I find bloom very common on the Acacias & Eucalypti of Australia. Some of the Eucalypti which do not appear to be covered with bloom have the epidermis protected by a layer of some substance which is dissolved in boiling alcohol.— Are there any bloom-protected leaves or fruit in the Arctic regions?— If you can illuminate me, as you so often have done, pray do so; but otherwise do not bother yourself by answering