From John Lindley [before 2 September 1843]
I am infinitely obliged to you for your interesting communications1 which I wd have acknowledged sooner had I been able. The Gentians are new to me, and I think form a valuable addition to the little we know about double flowers.
The Cabbage leaf is not very uncommon.
Thanks too for the Viola—
You will be interested in knowing that a very curious monster found this year near Ely shows the ovule—its nucleus I mean—to be another of the forms of the growing point—quite a new, & to me at least unexpected, fact, which was much wanted to complete the theory of morphological structure.2 The evidence is perfect.
Your Scotch seeds3 proved Rumex Acetosella & this Atriplex—What species I do not know— At present I cannot find it in books. I have sent it to Henslow and shall show it to others— It cannot be any var of A. patula I think.
Very truly yours | John Lindley
Much interested in CD’s communication [about W. Kemp] and seeds sent; does not know the species; has sent seeds to Henslow.
Describes a monstrous plant found near Ely.
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 690,” accessed on 25 March 2017, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-690