From Daniel Oliver [26 March 1863]1
Royal Gardens Kew
My dear Sir
I shall be glad of a sight of the monstrous ovaries of Primula.2 The true character of the free placenta is not thoroughly understood—indeed Caspary3 regards the ‘pistil’ as not homologous with the pistil (carpels) of other plants but as ‘procarpels’ the true carpels being reduced to the funiculus & integuments of the ovules. Rather an absurd view.— But what we want is something better to connect this free placenta of Primula with the marginal placentaln. of other angiospermous ovaries.
I shall call at the New Conservatory this P.M. for flowers of Edwardsia 4
Ever Sincerely yours | D Oliver
Discusses the female parts of the Primula flower; the true character of the free placenta is not completely understood.
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 3894,” accessed on 1 October 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-3894