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Letter 7126

Henslow, George to Darwin, C. R.

3 Mar 1870


Experiments with Lapageria.


8. Robertson Terrace | Hastings

March 3/70.

My dear Mr Darwin,

I have been going to write to you some time ago—but severalthings intervened—to thank you for yr letter containing directionsabout an experiment on Lapageria.f1 I found it was rather late in theseason—& could not get more than about 20 blossoms fit for trial.I, however, dusted about half with their own pollen & the rest withpollen from difft. fls. & cut out their stamens. The perianths ofall faded much the same time. & the pistils have all remained on,but at present look all alike. Mr Hf2 tells me that they do notcommence swelling under 6 months, so that I cannot ascertain the resultfor some time to come. I hope to repeat the expt. more fully nextseason when the blossoms are abundt. The white Var is a doubtfulaffair—its history is unknown   Mr H. says he believes it has sentforth red blossoms in some body else’s possession!

All his plantsare from cuttings: but seedlings are more profitable if reard witha little care.

Yrs faithfully | Geo Henslow

P.S. I have been sent down here to ‘rusticate’ by the MetropolnRy Co,f3 for giving me concussion of brain in an accident— getting allright again

DAR 166: 171



CD’s letter to Henslow has not been found; however, see Correspondence vol. 17, letter from George Henslow, 22 November 1869.
Mr H. may be Andrew Henderson, a nurseryman in St John’s Wood; aMr Henderson of St John’s Wood had told Henslowthat Lapageria rosea never set seed unless artificially impregnated; see Correspondence vol. 17, letter from George Henslow, 22 November 1869.
Metropolitan Railway Company.
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