From George Bentham [16 or 17 December 1857]1
My dear Sir
I return the lists.2 But in questions where Gærtner may have obtained unexpected results in hybridising one would require to know whether he has got the right species under h〈is〉 names for the confusion in 〈 〉 genera as Silene is very great in Continental botanic gardens
One often sees Silene nutans italica inflata and a few others doing duty for dozens of tender ones which have died. Silene vespertina is one which we used to grow in our flower gardens 〈as〉 S. bipartita. It is a very common Mediterranean seacoast plant. S. noctiflora is a cornfield annual which we have sometimes in England S. viscosa (Cucubalus viscosus Linn) is in the way of Italica but I believe 〈 〉 species from the 〈 〉 central Asia
Yours very sincerely | George Bentham
Returns CD’s lists [sent with 2184]. Confusion in genera of Silene is great in continental botanic gardens. One would have to know whether C. F. v. Gärtner had the right names for species in his experiments.
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 2186,” accessed on 8 December 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-2186