From Daniel Oliver [17 March 1864]1
I have been looking at several species of Tecoma this morning. Trained up walls & iron girders or rafters they are more peculiarly unfavourable conditions for exhibition of climbing idiosyncrasies!—
T. capensis exhibits no rootlets nor do I see any indication of twining. It wd. seem to be a scrambler! T. undulata— I think I saw but a young plant. I doubt if it shew any twisting or climbing.—
T. jasminoides & T. Latrobei I find tips of branches spirally twisted—2 I put them in herewith.— T. Latrobei is the small-leaved one
Yours very sincerely D. O.
I wrote you about axis & leaf a few days ago.3 I have been thinking that I shd perhaps apologise for a letter which might have been more seemly if addressed to one of my students—but from the way in which the enquiry was put I thought there was indication of doubt upon one or two matters which routinists regard in the light of axioms.
Observations on climbing species of Tacoma. [Tecoma!?]
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 4418,” accessed on 3 December 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-4418