Discusses Leschenaultia, finds no stigmatic surface in the indusium.
Gives information on where to obtain paper for drying plants and where to obtain a microscope.
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My dear Darwin
I have been at the red Leschenaultia this morning. Not the same species as last year. I find no stigmatic surface whatever in the indusium—but as before a hard dense very unstigmatic tissue under the glandular surface. No pollen tubes any-where. A very stigmatic tissue underlies a pulvinus within the indusium at b but it is covered perfectly with cuticle.
[DIAG HERE] a b viscid surface & pollen
Best paper for drying plants can be got at Pamplin 45 Frith Street Soho London.
Ask Ross for the simple microscope price £4"4 which
Bentham & Oliver are quite struck up in a heap with your book & delighted beyond expression
- f1 3527.f1Dated by the relationship to other correspondence with Hooker concerning Leschenaultia (see n. 2, below) and by reference to the publication of Orchids (see n. 7, below); 17 May 1862 fell on a Saturday.
- f2 3527.f2See letters to J. D. Hooker, 1 May , 9 May , and 15 [May 1862], and letters from J. D. Hooker, [5 May 1862] and [16 May 1862].
- f3 3527.f3See letter from J. D. Hooker, [16 May 1862] and n. 3.
- f4 3527.f4The diagram has been reduced to 65% of its original size.
- f5 3527.f5See letter to J. D. Hooker, 15 [May 1862]. Hooker refers to the botanical bookseller William Pamplin (Post Office London directory 1861).
- f6 3527.f6The reference is to the London optician and instrument-maker Thomas Ross (see letter to J. D. Hooker, 15 [May 1862] and n. 5).
- f7 3527.f7CD sent presentation copies of Orchids to George Bentham and Daniel Oliver (see letter from Daniel Oliver, 14 May 1862, and letter from George Bentham, 15 May 1862, and Correspondence vol. 10, Appendix IV).
- f8 3527.f8See letter to J. D. Hooker, [18 May 1862].