Informs CD of possible dimorphism of Epilobium angustifolium.
Royal Gardens Kew
25. XI. 62
My dear Sir
Two forms of Epilobium angustifolium are described in the English
Floras—a short & long capsuled form.— But my attention was attracted to their possible dimorphism by a
M.S. note of M
More about these forms is written in the same vol. of the Annals.
I must look again at the paper on Strawberries in the Museum copy of the Technologist & if it seem worthwhile have it sent down to you along with the Gardens copy of Hooker's Journal containing the Linum paper.
I shewed your note to D
Very sincerely yours | Danl. Oliver
Chas. Darwin Esq
- f1 3828.f1See letter from J. D. Hooker, [15 and] 20 November , and letter to Daniel Oliver, 23 [November 1862].
- f2 3828.f2William Borrer died in January 1862, leaving his herbarium to the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (DNB); the reference is to Charles Cardale Babington.
- f3 3828.f3Stephens 1841. There is an annotated copy of the volume of the Annals and Magazine of Natural History containing this paper in the Darwin Library--CUL.
- f4 3828.f4In his paper, Henry Oxley Stephens claimed that the name Epilobium angustifolium had been applied to two distinct species, the second of which he proposed to call E. macrocarpum. William Allport Leighton, who supported this identification, sent Borrer his descriptions for comment, before publishing an account in December 1841 (Leighton 1841). In a letter from Babington to Borrer of 12 November 1841, which is reproduced in A. M. Babington ed. 1897, pp. 284--5, Babington stated:
From what you said in your letter I have again examined the Epilobium angustifolium, but am unable to see any real distinction between the two forms … I presume that Leighton is not prepared to separate the two plants, or we should have heard more about it before this time.
- f5 3828.f5Leighton 1841 and 1842. There is an annotated copy of the volume of the Annals and Magazine of Natural History containing this paper in the Darwin Library--CUL. See also letter to W. A. Leighton, 26 November .
- f6 3828.f6Wray 1861a. See letter to Daniel Oliver, 23 [November 1862] and n. 8.
- f7 3828.f7Oliver refers to Planchon 1847--8, which appeared in volumes 6 and 7 of the London Journal of Botany; after 1848 the journal was called Hooker's Journal of Botany and Kew Garden Miscellany after its editor, William Jackson Hooker (BUCOP). See letter to Daniel Oliver, 23 [November 1862] and n. 10.
- f8 3828.f8Joseph Dalton Hooker. See letter to Daniel Oliver, 23 [November 1862].
- f9 3828.f9See letter from C. C. Babington, 17 January 1862, and letter to C. C. Babington, 20 January .
- f10 3828.f10These are references to additional articles on Epilobium angustifolium in volume 8 of the Annals and Magazine of Natural History (see n. 3, above).