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Letter 11725

Darwin, C. R. to Dabney, Virginius

20 Oct 1878

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    CD is puzzled by VD's supposed hybrid tomato. If a hybrid, it would have to result from the "direct action of the pollen of a distinct species in the mother plant". CD believes this sort of inheritance occurs in varieties (though some botanists disagree), but not for species. Suggests "bud-variation".

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