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To George Maw   17 January [1869]

Down. | Bromley. | Kent. S.E.

Jan 17th

My dear Sir

I have never seen the Drosophyllum.— It is described as somewhat shrubby, with narrow elongate leaves, studded with glandulose hairs, as in Drosera; it was indeed called a Drosera by Linnæus.—1 It grows in sandy places in Portugal, Andalusia & Teneriffe; & as I said has lately been found near Gibraltar.— My object, if I cd get a living specimen, is to compare its habits & structure with Drosera, on which I have made very numerous observations still unpublished.2

With very many thanks | Yours very faithfully | Ch. Darwin


Carl von Linné (Carolus Linnaeus).
See letter to George Maw, 13 January 1869 and n. 3.


Describes Drosophyllum and its habitat.

Letter details

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Darwin, C. R.
Maw, George
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Source of text
Royal Horticultural Society, Lindley Library
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 6559,” accessed on 23 March 2017,