Thanks LEB for the Lychnis seed [see 4258], which he will plant in the hope of fertilising the little ovaria.
Comments on the two forms of Linum.
Down. | Bromley. | Kent. S.E.
I am very much obliged for the Lychnis seed, which shall be sown immediately; & I will try, as you have done, next year to fertilise the little ovaria.—
It is odd about the Linum; I have never failed to find the two forms, though they certainly resemble each other closely.—
In Haste, | Dear Madam | Your sincerely obliged | Ch. Darwin
- f1 4260a.f1The year is established by the relationship between this letter and the letter from L. E. Becker, 31 July .
- f2 4260a.f2Becker enclosed a hermaphrodite plant of the usually dioecious Lychnis diurna (L. dioica), bearing a seed capsule, with her letter of 31 July .
- f3 4260a.f3Becker reported having a pot of scarlet Linum, all the seedlings of which had the long-styled flower form (see letter from L. E. Becker, 31 July ).