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From H. M. Wilkinson   15 September 1874

Bisterne | Parsonage | Ringwood

Dear Professor Darwin

I have been down this afternoon to the Utricularia but it is almost gone. It appears to have broken up into little pieces of a few inches long, such as some I have sent.1

And this seems to be natural, as there has been no disturbance of the other weeds. I searched diligently to find any that had sunk to the bottom but in vain: The plant is no longer on the top of the water, except a few small pieces but lying submerged on the frogs bit with which it grows. It seems to me to be decaying and I think will have decayed, all at any rate, except the stem, before it reaches the bottom, if it ever does so.

The greater portion of what I have sent consists of the broken pieces which I found half floating— The one or two longer pieces are apparently late flowering specimens. All the flowers have disappeared for nearly a month.

Believe me | To be your’s very truly | H. M. Wilkinson

I could not find one long plant like those we got earlier.

Sepr 15. 1874


Wilkinson had previously sent CD observations and specimens of Utricularia (bladderwort; see letters from H. M. Wilkinson, 18 July 1874 and 5 August 1874. He is acknowledged in Insectivorous plants, p. 395 n. No letters from CD to Wilkinson have been found.


Utricularia has broken into pieces and appears to be decaying.

Letter details

Letter no.
Henry Marlow Wilkinson
Charles Robert Darwin
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Source of text
DAR 58.1: 91–2
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 9640,” accessed on 18 June 2019,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 22