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To J. D. Hooker   5 July [1855]


July 5th

My dear Hooker

I shd. be a much happier man if you would specifically name this grass for me: it has fairly beaten me: I am not sure even whether it is a Festuca; I feel pretty sure that it is not F. pratensis.—1 It grows on rather dry chalky banks. I have collected 35 species & named all, I believe, correctly excepting this & one other, which latter I think I shall make out, when in fuller flower.—

Ever yours | C. Darwin

P.S. | Lots of Celery, & some Onions, & Carrotts & even one Radish & one Lettuce have come up after 85 days in salt-water!—


See letter from J. D. Hooker, [8 July 1855]. At the end of this letter, Hooker added ‘F. pratensis. Huds.’


Has named 35 species of grasses.

Seed-salting continues.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
Joseph Dalton Hooker
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Source of text
DAR 114: 140
Physical description
2pp †

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 1711,” accessed on 20 April 2021,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 5