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From J. D. Hooker   18 December 1876

Royal Gardens Kew

Dec 18/76

Dear Darwin

Forsythia has never fruited at Kew but has copiously at the Hort. Soc. Gardens   I do not know which species—. I have referred to two figures of F. viridissima, both have very short stamens & a long style*— also to one of F. suspensa— it has long stamens & a very short style.

*one of these is taken from a plant in Hort. Soc. Gardens1

CD annotations

1.1 Forsythia ... species—. 1.2] double scored red crayon
Top of letter: ‘Forsythia’ blue crayon


See letter to J. D. Hooker, 15 December 1876 and n. 1. CD reported that the short-styled form of Forsythia suspensa (weeping forsythia) had never fruited at Kew in Forms of flowers, p. 117. The Royal Horticultural Society had gardens in Kensington and Chiswick (Elliott 2004).


Elliott, Brent. 2004. The Royal Horticultural Society: a history 1804–2004. Chichester: Phillimore & Co.

Forms of flowers: The different forms of flowers on plants of the same species. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1877.


Notes variation in style and stamen length in Forsythia.

Letter details

Letter no.
Joseph Dalton Hooker
Charles Robert Darwin
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Source of text
DAR 110: B78a
Physical description
inc ? †

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 10727,” accessed on 5 December 2022,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 24