From Charles Cardale Babington [c. June 1855]1
My dear Darwin
I have mu〈ch〉 〈 〉 answering your 〈 〉 far as I can, and 〈 〉 noted the points upon the paper that you sent to me. 2
I look upon the Oxlip, Cows〈lip〉 and Primrose, as realy distinct species, and that hybrids are formed between any two of them.3 The ‘calycantha’ plants are the result of cultivation like M〈 〉 I think 〈 〉 ‘Hose in hose.
I have be〈en〉 〈 〉 to learn that yo〈ur〉 〈 〉 is much res〈tored〉 〈 〉 now pleased to find that y〈ou〉 have finished the Cirripeda
Arnott in his edition of Hooker says that Verbascum Lychnitis has cream-coloured flowers, as also I do, but adds “often yellow in the Isle of Wight.”4
I believe that they vary from 〈2 lines missing〉
〈C.〉 C. Babington—
- P. acaulis 2 .P. elatior (calycantha) 3 .P. elatior (communis) 4 .P. veris (officinalis) 5 .P. veris (officinalis) calycantha 6 .P. calycantha (elatior) N.B. in No
- “communis” sometimes in Bracket, sometimes not.— No
- I presume must be some blunder of Printers no
- Can these names have been reversed by Printer
Reports that he sees the oxlip, cowslip, and primrose as really distinct species; hybrids are formed between any two.
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 1584,” accessed on 6 December 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-1584