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DCP-LETT-7126

From George Henslow   3 March 1870

8. Robertson Terrace | Hastings

March 3/70.

My dear Mr Darwin,

I have been going to write to you some time ago—but several things intervened—to thank you for yr letter containing directions about an experiment on Lapageria.1 I found it was rather late in the season—& could not get more than about 20 blossoms fit for trial. I, however, dusted about half with their own pollen & the rest with pollen from difft. fls. & cut out their stamens. The perianths of all faded much the same time. & the pistils have all remained on, but at present look all alike. Mr H2 tells me that they do not commence swelling under 6 months, so that I cannot ascertain the result for some time to come. I hope to repeat the expt. more fully next season when the blossoms are abundt. The white Var is a doubtful affair—its history is unknown   Mr H. says he believes it has sent forth red blossoms in some body else’s possession!

All his plants are from cuttings: but seedlings are more profitable if reard with a little care.

Yrs faithfully | Geo Henslow

P.S. I have been sent down here to ‘rusticate’ by the Metropoln Ry Co,3 for giving me concussion of brain in an accident— getting all right again

Footnotes

1
CD’s letter to Henslow has not been found; however, see Correspondence vol. 17, letter from George Henslow, 22 November 1869.
2
Mr H. may be Andrew Henderson, a nurseryman in St John’s Wood; a Mr Henderson of St John’s Wood had told Henslow that Lapageria rosea never set seed unless artificially impregnated; see Correspondence vol. 17, letter from George Henslow, 22 November 1869.
3
Metropolitan Railway Company.

Summary

Experiments with Lapageria.

Letter details

Letter no.
DCP-LETT-7126
From
Henslow, George
To
Darwin, C. R.
Sent from
Hastings
Source of text
DAR 166: 171
Physical description
4pp

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 7126,” accessed on 24 August 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-7126

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