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From R. I. Lynch   25 July 1877

List of plants sent to Mr. Darwin

July 25th. 77

Glaux maritima

Silene maritima

Eryngium maritimum

Oxalis enneaphylla

Salicornia macrostachys

Medicago marina

Veronica pinguifolia

Rhodiola sibirica

Euphorbia Myrsinites

Lotus creticus

Glaucium sp

Elymus arenarius

Suæda fruticosa

Helichrysum maritimum

2 spp Erythrina


Schrankia we not possess.1

CD annotations

4.1 Silene maritima] ‘“Sea shores”’ ink
5.1 Eryngium maritimum] ‘abundant especially near the sea.—’ ink
7.1 Salicornia macrostachys] ‘Australia littoral’ ink
8.1 Medicago marina] ‘S. Europe’ ink
11.1 Euphorbia Myrsinites] ‘S. Europe’ ink
15.1 Suæda fruticosa] ‘Britain’ ink
16.1 Helichrysum maritimum] ‘C. of Good Hope’ ink


Lynch was foreman of the propagating department at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Glaux maritima is a synonym of Lysimachia maritima (sea milkwort). Silene maritima is a synonym of Silene uniflora (sea campion). Oxalis enneaphylla is scurvy-grass sorrel. Salicornia macrostachya is a synonym of Arthrocaulon macrostachyum. Veronica pinguifolia is thick-leaved speedwell; Rhodiola sibirica is a synonym of R. rosea. Euphorbia myrsinites is myrtle spurge. Lotus creticus is Cretan trefoil. Glaucium is horned poppy. Elymus arenarius is a synonym of Leymus arenarius (sand ryegrass). Suaeda fruticosa is shrubby seablite. Helichrysum maritimum is a synonym of H. dasyanthum. Haematoxylon is a synonym of Haematoxylum; H. campechianum is logwood. Schrankia is a synonym of Mimosa. All the items from ‘Glaux maritima’ to ‘Helichrysum maritimum’ have been ticked off in pencil in the left-hand margin. CD had asked for seaside plants with bloom on them for his experiments on the effects of salt water on foliage; see letter to W. T. Thiselton-Dyer, 22 July [1877].


List of plants sent.

Letter details

Letter no.
Richard Irwin Lynch
Charles Robert Darwin
Sent from
Source of text
DAR 209.12: 184
Physical description
Amem 2pp †

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 11070,” accessed on 7 February 2023,