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Letter 7108

Müller, J. F. T. to Darwin, C. R.

16 Feb 1870

Summary

Sends specimens of Passiflora and seeds for T. H. Farrer [letter enclosed with 7188].

Transcription

As soon as the Passiflora, which was visited by humming birdsin my garden, flowers again next spring, I shall try fully toanswer Mr Farrer’s questions.—f1

I enclose a dried flower of this Passiflora; the longflower-stalk is dependent, but curved upwards at the end, so thatthe flower itself is upright.— You see, there is space enoughfor a hovering humming-birds head between the anthers and theentrance to the (nectarless) nectary.

There is now flowering with me a white Passiflora withdependent flowers, which is visited by humble-bees.—

The enclosed Passiflora-seeds may perhaps be acceptable to MrFarrer; at least they are from wild, not hybridised plants.f2

Fritz Müller

Itajahy, Febr. 16. 1870.

Linnean Society of London

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Footnotes

f1
CD had sent Thomas Henry Farrer an extract from one of Müller’sletters in which Müller said that Passiflora flowers growing inhis garden were visited by humming-birds; Farrer had sent CD a coupleof questions for Müller (Correspondence vol. 17, letter toT. H. Farrer, [27 November 1869], letter from T. H. Farrer, 28 November 1869, and letter to Fritz Müller, 1 December [1869]).
f2
CD sent this portion of Müller’s letter and the seeds to Farrerwith his letter to Farrer of 13 [May 1870].
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