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To J. V. Carus   21 December [1875]1

Down, Beckenham | Kent

Dec 21.

My dear Sir

Be so kind as to make the enclosed correction.—

Yours sincerely | Ch. Darwin


Climbing Plants2

p. 154. (second line of foot-note)

for P. acerifolia, read, P. sicyoides

p. 208 (Index)

for Passiflora acerifolia read Passiflora sicyoides.—

Professor Asa Gray writes to me that he made a mistake about the name of species.3


The year is established by the relationship between this letter and the letter from J. V. Carus, 21 December 1875.
CD had sent proof-sheets of Climbing plants to Carus in October 1875 (see letter to J. V. Carus, 14 October [1875]). The German translation was published in 1876 (Carus trans. 1876b).
Gray’s letter has not been found. The page numbers refer to Climbing plants 2d ed. Passiflora acerifolia (a synonym of Passiflora adenopoda) and Passiflora sicyoides are species of passion-flower.


Climbing plants 2d ed.: The movements and habits of climbing plants. 2d edition. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1875.

Climbing plants: On the movements and habits of climbing plants. By Charles Darwin. London: Longman, Green, Longman, Roberts & Green; Williams & Norgate. 1865.


Encloses a correction [for Climbing plants, 2d ed.]. Asa Gray made a mistake in name of species of Passiflora.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
Julius Victor Carus
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Source of text
Kotte Autographs GmbH (dealer) (2012) (letter); Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin – Preußischer Kulturbesitz (Slg. Darmstaedter Lc 1859: Darwin, Charles, Bl. 70) (copy of letter and original of enclosure)
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1p, encl Amem 1p

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 10313,” accessed on 31 July 2021,

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