From D. F. Nevill [before 22 January 1862]1
Dangstein | Petersfield
My dear Sir
I am most grateful for your most kind letter and the promise of the Photo.2 already I am making a place for it amongst my other friends It has not arrived yet but I must be patient for I know in this dull weather they cannot make copies
I grieve to say I have at present no melastomaceous plant in flower— We had a glorious Pleroma but it is over—3 My gardener says that he has observed that when the flower of the Cynoches is quite dry by the least touch the anther appears to go quite back with a jerk and at the same time it ejects its pollen which it throws on to the pistil4 I do not know whether I have described it rightly or not I am most grateful for your little pamphlet5 We have had a house full but now that I am alone I mean to give great attention to it
Thanking you again many times | believe me | most truly yours | Dorothy
Thanks for promise of photograph.
Has no melastomads in bloom.
Describes sensitive anthers of Cynorchis.
Thanks CD for "your little pamphlet".
- chemistry, chemicals
- flowers and buds
- information, data, scientific description
- plant physiology
- structural characters
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 3408,” accessed on 28 October 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-3408