To Lucy Caroline Wedgwood [before 25 September 1866]1
My dear Lieutenant Lucy.—
If the Book with many vols. with coloured plates be the Botanical Mag. please look at Pl. 356 & see whether it mentions that the flowers of the plant, viz Erica Massoni, are glutinous, or the leaves—& whether the glutinous matter is secreted by glandular hairs.—2
How about the Pæony seeds—do the pods open & are they brilliantly coloured—? do Birds eat them? Have the seeds any thin fleshy coat?3
Your affectionate Uncle & Commander | Ch. Darwin
Asks her to see whether the flowers or leaves of Erica massoni are noted as glutinous in the Botanical Magazine.
Inquires about the pods of peony: are they brilliantly coloured and do birds eat them?