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Letter 818

Hooker, J. D. to Darwin, C. R.

[22–30 Jan 1845]

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    Sends comparison of the floras of Society and Sandwich Islands.


– is versed enough in Nat. Hist. even for that. I send the comp. Flora of Sandwich & Society: it is very imperfect, I could not send it before, as I had some things to add to it. as it is I think it shews positively no relation between the two groups. Even the canaille are not the same in the two. I have had to drop the Pacific Flora, from want of time < >

< > from the context he cannot mean, without he compares the Mts to the plains below: Certainly the genera remind one of Europe, especially Wicken (vetches Vicia.) &c. I can however hardly see how so very few Proteaceae as there are, can much remind him of New Holland a place I suppose he never saw & singular fruited Legum. grow all over the world & < > Holld. that I remember.. Gnapha<lium>

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    This fragment of a letter was pinned to the following note, in ink, by CD: Feb. 1845. Hookers list of Society Isd includes about 250 Phænerog excluding grasses, & 270 from Sandwich group. out of these there are only 32 species in common, including no doubt (one by name Convolvulus) Scævola &c) some coral-plants.— At the Soc Isd there 25 gramineæ & at Sandwich 24. & 6 [over ‘5’] in common.— Of Lycopodiæ Soc & Sandwich have each 12 with 5 in common.— (DAR 104: 248). On the verso of CD's note is a table of numbers as summarised above. The date of Hooker's letter must follow that of the letter from CD to Hooker, 22 [January 1845], and is probably before Hooker's departure on his European tour (see Huxley ed. 1918, 1: 177–8).
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    Eduard Pöppig in Pöppig 1835, 1: 367.
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