Answers CD's query on Primula longiflora and P. scotica.
Would like abstract of CD's paper ["Two forms of Linum", Collected papers 2: 93–105] for Natural History Review.
Royal Gardens Kew
My Dear Sir.
You ask about Primula longiflora. It is not
near P. scotica. It is an Alpine plant with Corollas
Very Sincerely yours | D
- f1 4015.f1CD had asked Oliver whether Primula longiflora was `closely allied' to P. scotica after being informed that both species were non-dimorphic (see letter to Daniel Oliver, 20 [February 1863] and n. 4).
- f2 4015.f2The reference is to Sutherlandshire, Scotland.
- f3 4015.f3Oliver refers to the herbarium of Robert Brown, keeper of the botanical department at the British Museum until his death in 1858. Brown left his herbarium to his assistant and successor John Joseph Bennett. The collection was kept in a room in the basement of the British Museum, and `working botanists' were allowed access (Journal of Botany, British and Foreign n.s. 5 (1876): 192; Mabberley 1985, p. 387).
- f4 4015.f4Oliver was one of the editors of the quarterly journal Natural History Review, and was preparing the April issue. `Two forms in species of Linum', read before the Linnean Society on 5 February 1863, was not available in print until 13 May 1863 (General index to the Journal of the Linnean Society p. vi). CD, however, arranged for a number of offprints of the paper to be distributed in mid-April; Oliver's name appears on the presentation list (see Correspondence vol. 11, Appendix IV). The paper was reviewed in the July issue of the Natural History Review (Natural History Review 3: 476--8).