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 18 January 2017, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-7004