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 4 December 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-3174