To A. G. More 2 June 1861
Down, Bromley, Kent, S.E.
June 2, 1861.
My dear Sir
I think you told me you had Aceras;1 I see in Babington it flowers in June.2 Would you have the great kindness to send me a few specimens? About the 10th or shortly afterwards I go for my daughter’s sake to Torquay; If you can send me Aceras, and if it be not now in flower, I would write from Torquay, and give my address. If you do actually send me Aceras and some day alight on O. latifolia, would you put in 2 or 3 specimens, but not otherwise. I have been wonderfully lucky in getting orchids, and this morning I examined O. aramifera and O. ustulata.3 Does Habenaria viridis grow in I. of Wight?4 When I get this latter and Aceras I shall have seen all that I can hope for. I presume Cephalanthera ensifolia is hopeless.5 I have had Malaxis and Goodyera, and shall get, I believe O. hircina; so have I not been fortunate? I find in O. aranifera the pollen-masses do not fall out as in Bee-Orchis. If you pass any group of the latter pray glance at a few to see if pollen-masses removed; but I despair of ever making out this species. I hope you will be so kind as to observe manner of ingress and egress of insects, if you can see any visit E. palustris; and whether Labellum is irritable.6 The examination of that species has been one of my greatest treats, which I owe to you. I fear I am very unreasonable; but this subject is a passion with me.
Believe me, my dear Sir, Yours sincerely | C. Darwin.
Asks for specimens of Aceras.
Mentions orchid species he has seen. Asks AGM to make observations.
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 3174,” accessed on 27 August 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-3174