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From George Maw   17 May 1869

Benthall Hall, | nr Broseley.

May 17— 69

My dear Sir

I dried a few specimens of the drosophyllum & as the plants did not arrive in very good order, I think the dried specimen may perhaps better exhibit the characters of the plant; I will forward one to you by rail tomorrow.1

When I found it it was just coming into flower & had evidently not attained its full stature   The foliage dries well but the bright yellow color of the flowers is very fugitive   I fear it will be a tiresome plant to cultivate   my live specimens arrived in bad condition but I am glad to find they are breaking nicely in the stove & I hope to save six or seven plants. Should yours not live I will find you another specimen when they are a little more recovered.

I got a number of very pretty Sedums most of which were new to me & are I think not in general cultivation2

I spent a day or two in the granite district north of Madrid & obtained a number of interesting plants, all of which appear to be doing well & I think I shall save the greater part of those I sent home from Barbary3 & Gibraltar.

Believe me to be | very truly yrs. | Geo Maw

C Darwin Esqr

Footnotes

Sedum (stonecrop) is a genus of succulent-leaved plants of the family Crassulaceae.
The Barbary States were the North African states of Tripolitania, Tunisia, Algeria, and Morocco.

Summary

He is managing to salvage a few Andalusian Drosophyllum plants from the voyage and will send some to CD.

Letter details

Letter no.
DCP-LETT-6748
From
George Maw
To
Charles Robert Darwin
Sent from
Benthall Hall
Source of text
DAR 171: 105
Physical description
4pp

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 6748,” accessed on 26 September 2017, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-6748

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 17

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