From J. D. Hooker 16 June 1847
June 16. 1847.
I only received my Aunts letter this afternoon in time to post it on to you I am very sorry to find by its contents that she could not procure the lodgings you wished.1 I feel sure that if she could not there is little chance of any one else doing so. It may therefore be the best plan for you to accept Mr Jacobsons offer of rooms in Magdalen2 —but of this you are the only judge. I am much disappointed but it cannot be helped—
Your monstrous flower of Cytisus 3 has the stamens all right but one of the 2 parts of the keel has got inside the staminal column & is attached to the inner surface of that column way up: this is very remarkable but doubtless arises from irregular development of the parts at a very early age.
I received some splendid collections from V.D Land4 the other day from the Mts of the interior which contain several N.Z. & T.D Fuego plants not hitherto found in V.D Land. Also a box from New Zealand with still more identities & analogues— the more I see the less I am inclined to take migration as a sufficient agent in effecting the strange similarity between the Alpine Floras of V.D.L. N.Z. & that of Fuegia. I do long to get my results tabulated & am mentally working out the relations between N.Z. & V.DL. on one hand & Fuegia on the other. it is truly intermediate in Bot. characters between these countries with a Polynesian Flora superadded or if you like is a Polynesian Flora with the two others superadded— I can come to no decision however till I have all the species common to the various localities before me & can then judge if they be transportable or not.5 I fear that they neither belong to transportable species or orders or present any facilities for transport.— I promise you an honest investigation.
Most truly yours | Jos D Hooker
JDH’s aunt cannot find lodgings for CD.
Similarities between floras of Tierra del Fuego, Van Diemen’s Land, and New Zealand; does not feel migration sufficient explanation.
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 1097,” accessed on 19 January 2017, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-1097