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From W. T. Thiselton-Dyer   25 July 1877

Royal Gardens Kew

July 25. 1877

Dear Mr Darwin

On the recpt. of your letter I looked out amongst our pot plants all the maritime and glaucous things that I thought might be useful to you.1 We could have supplied you with a good collection of seaside plants if we could have foreseen that you would work at them this year. But most of our things are planted out and cannot be disturbed so as to be worth anything afterwards. I could not, however, refrain from digging up our plant of Eryngium and sending it to you to take its chance.

Oxalis Enneaphylla is a Falkland Island plant. Euphorbia myrsinites is not a littoral species— perhaps its ancestors were as it is very like E. Paralias in habit.2

2 spp: of Erythrina have gone. Also, I hope, a Hæmatoxylon though I found this was omitted on the ground that it had been sent before.3 But I hope the parcel was stopped in time.

Schrankia we do not possess this year. I understand, however, that the Rev H. N. Ellacombe of Bitton nr Bristol [1 page or more missing]4

P.S. I am horribly weary of letter writing so please excuse any slips. I have been obliged to call my wife5 to my aid all the morning


Oxalis enneaphylla is scurvy-grass sorrel. Euphorbia myrsinites is myrtle spurge or blue spurge. Euphorbia paralias is sea spurge.
According to the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Outwards book, p. 432, the Erythrina species and a Haematoxylon, possibly a second one, were sent on 16 July 1877. There is no record of an earlier Haematoxylon being sent. CD mentioned, and figured, Haematoxylon campechianum (a synonym of Haematoxylum campechianum, logwood) in Movement in plants, pp. 368–9.


Movement in plants: The power of movement in plants. By Charles Darwin. Assisted by Francis Darwin. London: John Murray. 1880.


Is acquiring some "maritime and glaucous" plants for CD.

Letter details

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William Turner Thiselton-Dyer
Charles Robert Darwin
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DAR 178: 99
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Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 11071,” accessed on 9 February 2023,