From Margaret Susan Wedgwood [before 4 August 1862]1
The Manor | Llandudno
Dear Uncle Charles
Of 256 specimens of Lythrum gathered this morning from different plants, we find
94 with long pistil
95 — middle length pistil
69 — shortest pistil.
These plants were all in one large field or near it but tomorrow we will go if we can manage it in a different direction for more—2 We find it rather difficult in gathering to know what are distinct plants and what only offsets. At Criccieth & Aber we thought the different sorts usually grew in plots together mixed with a few of the others but here they are all together. We have found the Hottonia, and find the pistils of different lengths as I think you told us.3
Your affec niece | M. S. Wedgwood
Proportions of different forms of Lythrum.
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 3681,” accessed on 30 July 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-3681