From George Henslow 22 November 1869
St John’s Parsonage | St John’s Wood
Nov. 22 /69
Mr Henderson Junr. florist of S. Johns wood informed me that Lapageria rosea never sets seed unless artificially impregnated.1 The anthers cluster round the stigma & cover it with pollen; but it appears, from his account, to be powerless on the stigma of the same flower. I should be glad to know if this has been noticed by yrself or others. If not, it would seem to be another case analogous to Linum Grandifolium Passiflora sp. & other well known instances.2
Yrs truly | G Henslow
Observations on fertilisation of Lapageria rosea by E. G. Henderson, florist of St John’s Wood.
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 7004,” accessed on 8 December 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-7004