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To W. T. Thiselton-Dyer   22 October 1875

Down, | Beckenham, Kent.

Oct 22 1875

My dear Dyer

As you seem interested about the Paritium, I have hunted for & found Dr King’s M.S., which need not be returned.1 Please to thank Hooker for his note; why I called the plant Cistus instead of Hibiscus, I cannot conceive, it was like my writing to you about Marantaceæ instead of Melastomaceæ.2

As it appears from your former note. that Imant: cyrtanthiflorum is a hybrid, can you let me have Clivia nobilis, as this wd. be much better for me for the cross.3 I could return all these bulbs if required, after they have flowered & I have crossed them.

That is an extraordinary fact which you tell me about the leaves of insular plants.4 With many thanks | yours very sincerely | Ch. Darwin


See letter to J. D. Hooker, 15 October [1875] and n. 5, and letter from W. T. Thiselton-Dyer, 20 October 1875 and n. 3. George King’s manuscript was read in December 1875 and published in the Journal of the Linnean Society of London (Botany) in May 1876 (King 1875). Paritium was a subgenus of Hibiscus; the species is now called Talipariti hastatum.
See letter from W. T. Thiselton-Dyer, [16–22 October 1875] and n. 2. Imantophyllum cyrtanthiflorum is now known as Clivia × cyrtanthiflora.
See letter from W. T. Thiselton-Dyer, 20 October 1875. Thiselton-Dyer had commented on the tendency of island flora to produce heteromorphic leaves.


King, George. 1875. Note on a sport in Paritium tricuspe, G. Don. [Read 16 December 1875.] Journal of the Linnean Society of London (Botany) 15 (1875–7): 101–3.


Encloses manuscript [missing] by George King ["Sport in Paritium", J. Linn. Soc. Lond. (Bot.) 15 (1877): 101–3].

Sends thanks to Hooker for correction of name. Mentions other errors.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
William Turner Thiselton-Dyer
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Source of text
Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (Thiselton-Dyer, W.T., Letters from Charles Darwin 1873–81: 35–6)
Physical description
LS 2pp

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 10210,” accessed on 23 June 2024,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 23