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To Asa Gray   15 August 1878

Down, | Beckenham, Kent. | Railway Station | Orpington. S.E.R. [Abinger Hall, Surrey/ Barlaston Hall, Staffordshire.]

Aug. 15th. 78

My dear Gray.

Dr. Hugo de Vries, who has done such excellent work on climbing plants & at my suggestion wishes to make some observations on the tendrils of Echinocystis lobata (I think this is the right name, but I am writing away from home) of which you formerly sent me seeds.—1 He has tried everywhere to get seeds & I have offered to write to you.— If you can I beg you to send him seeds addressed

to Prof. Hugo de Vries | Amsterdam

He is Prof. of Botany there.

I see that we are both elected Com: Members of the Institut. It is rather a good joke that I shd be elected in the Botanical section, as the extent of my knowledge is little more than that a daisy is a compositous plant & a pea a leguminous one.—2

Ever yours very sincerely | Ch. Darwin

I am very anxious for De Vries to test one of my observations on Echinocystis.—3


Climbing plants.

Requests seeds of Echinocystis lobata for Hugo de Vries.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
Asa Gray
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Abinger Hall Down letterhead
Source of text
Archives of the Gray Herbarium, Harvard University (124)
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 11659,” accessed on 23 September 2019,