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From G. C. Oxenden   31 May [1862]1

Broome

May 31

Dear Sir

I have just sent you two or three specimens of—Aceras. A. &—Hypopithys— which I found this Morning,2 whilst seeking for “Lizard Orchis”—of which last however I only found 3 Plants—3

—In regard to the Mysterious disappearance of rare plants from localities, wherein they may previously have been abundant, I humbly submit that it admits of satisfactory explanation—4

Your’s most truly | G. Chichester Oxenden

CD annotations

1.1 I have … Hypopithys—] ‘Monotropa?5 added in margin, pencil

Footnotes

Dated by the relationship to the letters from G. C. Oxenden, 26 May 1862 and 30 May [1862].
Oxenden refers to Aceras anthropophorum, the man orchid, and Monotropa hypopitys, the yellow bird’s nest, a saprophytic dicotyledon that resembles an orchid. See also letter from G. C. Oxenden, 4 June [1862] and n. 8.
Oxenden probably refers to his correspondence with CD about Ophrys arachnites, CD’s side of which has not been found, but see the letters from G. C. Oxenden, [before 30 May 1862] and 30 May [1862].

Summary

Sends plants.

The disappearance of rare plants from localities where they have been abundant can be explained.

Letter details

Letter no.
DCP-LETT-3581
From
George Chichester Oxenden
To
Charles Robert Darwin
Sent from
Broome Canterbury
Source of text
DAR 173.2: 51
Physical description
3pp †

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 3581,” accessed on 22 October 2019, https://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/letter/DCP-LETT-3581.xml

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 10

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