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Darwin Correspondence Project

To J. D. Hooker   5 [November 1861]1

Down. | Bromley. | Kent. S.E.


My dear Hooker

You will commit suicide; but do look with lens at the Bolbophyllum rhizophora (sent this morning) & touch Labellum & white tips of upper petals which cross, with hair or fine bristle, & see if Labellum does not close in. on column.—2 It is a marvellous little beast.

My work must & shall soon end— God forgive me | C. Darwin

I imagine on fine day Labellum is thrown back & flower open.—


Dated by the relationship to the first letter to J. D. Hooker, 1 November [1861].
See the first letter to J. D. Hooker, 1 November [1861].


Asks JDH to look at movement of labellum in an orchid.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
Joseph Dalton Hooker
Sent from
Source of text
DAR 115: 77
Physical description
ALS 1p

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 3308,” accessed on 15 July 2024,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 9