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Letter 3894

Oliver, Daniel to Darwin, C. R.

[26 Mar 1863]

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    Discusses the female parts of the Primula flower; the true character of the free placenta is not completely understood.

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Royal Gardens Kew

Thursday

My dear Sir

I shall be glad of a sight of the monstrous ovaries of Primula. The true character of the free placenta is not thoroughly understood—indeed Caspary regards the `pistil' as not homologous with the pistil (carpels) of other plants but as `procarpels' the true carpels being reduced to the funiculus & integuments of the ovules. Rather an absurd view.— But what we want is something better to connect this free placenta of Primula with the marginal placentaln. of other angiospermous ovaries.

I shall call at the New Conservatory this P.M. for flowers of Edwardsia

Ever Sincerely yours | D Oliver

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    f1 3894.f1
    The letter is dated by the relationship between this letter, the letter to Daniel Oliver, 24--5 March [1863], and the letter from Daniel Oliver, [27 March 1863]; the intervening Thursday was 26 March 1863.
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    f2 3894.f2
    See letter to Daniel Oliver, 24--5 March [1863].
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    f3 3894.f3
    Caspary 1861. Oliver summarised the findings of this paper in the October 1863 number of the Natural History Review, noting its conclusion that `in Primula, the leaves, five in number, constituting the pistil, are pro-carpels, the true carpels being each reduced to funiculus and integuments of as many ovules' (Natural History Review 3 (1863): 583).
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    f4 3894.f4
    See letter to Daniel Oliver, 24--5 March [1863] and n. 5.
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