To Daniel Oliver 8 October 1
Down. | Bromley. | Kent. S.E.
My dear Sir
I am perfectly ashamed to trouble Hooker again.— Would you have kindness to look at well-opened flower of Stanhopea saccata & see whether any nectar is in hollowed out base or cup of Labellum; or in other species of Stanhopea, if they have hollowed out base or cup to Labellum.—
I have particular reason to enquire; but I daresay the plant will have none, though it ought to have some.—2 But Nature, as Agassiz says, does not lie,3 & therefore it must have nectar,—else a theory of mine is wrong which is clearly impossible!—
In Haste | Ever yours | C. Darwin
Asks DO to look for nectar in Stanhopea saccata labellum. CD’s theory predicts nectar should be present, but afraid there is none.
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 3279,” accessed on 10 December 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-3279