To J. D. Hooker [26 February or 4 March 1860]1
My dear Hooker
I forgot in this morning’s note to say that I have tried in vain to get any Goodenia from large nursery here.— If you have any plant which you can perfectly spare & would send it as by enclosed address.— But it does not of course really at all signify; as it half mere amusement— —2
Do get some of your men (is Mr Oliver to whom you alluded one of them?)3 to cross with distinct individual 2 or 3 times in morning a bunch of flowers of some healthy Australian mimosa. perhaps also Eucalyptus I see in Lecoq’s work he speaks of sterility of the group under culture; it may possibly be from want of crossing; but not probably.4
Remind your man that the stigma may be ready after or before pollen of own flower is shed.—
Ever yours | C. Darwin
Asks JDH for some Goodenia.
Suggests Daniel Oliver try to cross Mimosa, noted for sterility.
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 2716,” accessed on 28 February 2017, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-2716