Thanks THF for correcting the error in Orchids.
Asks him to find out what insects visit the fly orchid and for what purpose.
Down. | Bromley. | Kent. S.E.
My dear Mr Farrer
Many thanks for your notes. I do not doubt that you are right & I wrong. How I came to make such a blunder I do not know, for I examined the flowers repeatedly. I suppose I reasoned from the shape of the caudicle, & it is a fatal fault to reason whilst observing, though so necessary before hand, & so useful afterwards.
I will try to find a specimen & convict myself. I wish you
or some one c
I am delighted to hear that you are interested about the structure of orchids; I was formerly quite fascinated with these plants; especially with O. pyramidalis & the common Listera.
Many thanks for the facts about dogs.
Believe me | My dear Mr Farrer | yours very sincerely | Ch. Darwin
- f1 6185.f1The year is established by the relationship between this letter and the letters from T. H. Farrer, 17 May 1868 and 18 May 1868.
- f2 6185.f2See letters from T. H. Farrer, 17 May 1868 and 18 May 1868. Farrer had written to CD of experiments of his own that threw into doubt CD's assertion in Orchids, pp. 55--6, that the caudicle of Ophrys muscifera (the fly ophrys) did not bend.
- f3 6185.f3In Orchids 2d ed., p. 47, CD commented that he had never seen insects approach the flowers of Ophrys muscifera.
- f4 6185.f4For CD's observations on Orchis pyramidalis and Listera, see especially Correspondence vols. 8 and 9.
- f5 6185.f5See letter from T. H. Farrer, 17 May 1868.