Observations on climbing species of Tacoma. [Tecoma!?]
I have been looking at several species of Tecoma this morning. Trained up walls & iron girders or rafters they are more peculiarly unfavourable conditions for exhibition of climbing idiosyncrasies!—
T. capensis exhibits no rootlets nor do I see any indication of
twining. It w
T. jasminoides & T. Latrobei I find tips of branches spirally twisted— I put them in herewith.— T. Latrobei is the small-leaved one
Yours very sincerely D. O.
I wrote you about axis & leaf a few days ago. I have
been thinking that I sh
- f1 4418.f1The date is established by the relationship between this letter and the letter to Daniel Oliver, 11 March . In 1864, the Thursday following 11 March fell on March 17.
- f2 4418.f2CD had asked about the climbing movements of several species of Tecoma in his letter of 11 March . Though there is a note recording observations of T. jasminoides in DAR 157.1: 45, the only Tecoma species CD mentions in `Climbing plants' is T. radicans (pp. 25, 106, 114); he found that it climbed by its rootlets, and suspected that slight movements of its shoots were an indication that it had once been a twining plant. See CD's notes on T. radicans in DAR 157.1: 59--60.
- f3 4418.f3See letter from Daniel Oliver, 12 March 1864.