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DCP-LETT-7210

To J. D. Hooker   [13 June 1870?]1

Seeds ripened in Algiers: imported seed would be of no use.—

Iberis amara

— umbellata, especially any red var. as Kermiseana2

Nolana prostrata3

Hibiscus Africanus4

Canna Warzewizi5

Mimulus luteus, garden var. yellowish or whitish flowers, blotched with purplish-red or orange-brown.6

C. Darwin

Footnotes

1
The date is conjectured on the supposition that the memorandum was handed to Hooker when he visited Down on 13 June 1870 (letter to St G. J. Mivart, 13 June [1870]). See also the letters to J. D. Hooker, 25 May [1870] and [29 June 1870], and the letter from J. D. Hooker, 10 July 1870.
2
The variety Kermesiana (as CD spells it in Cross and self fertilisation, p. 103), has not been identified. CD raised plants of a red variety of Iberis umbellata from seed bought in England, and crossed them with pollen from plants raised from seed sent from Algiers (Cross and self fertilisation, p. 105).
3
Nolana prostrata is now N. humifusa. CD had carried out crossing experiments with N. prostrata in 1862 and 1867 (Cross and self fertilisation), but mentions no further experiments.
4
CD carried out crossing experiments with Hibiscus africanus (now H. trionum; Cross and self fertilisation, pp. 140–1), but did not mention using seed from Algiers.
5
Canna warszewiczii is now C. indica. CD carried out crossing experiments with C. warszewiczii (Cross and self fertilisation, pp. 230–3), but did not mention using seed from Algiers.
6
After the list and before the signature, Hooker wrote, ‘A little of each is enough.’

Summary

Orders seeds, ripened in Algiers; imported seed would be of no use. [Forwarded to Algiers by JDH, see 7272.]

Letter details

Letter no.
DCP-LETT-7210
From
Darwin, C. R.
To
Hooker, J. D.
Sent from
unstated
Source of text
American Philosophical Society
Physical description
1p mems †

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 7210,” accessed on 1 October 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-7210

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