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Darwin Correspondence Project

To J. D. Hooker   5 [November 1861]1

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

5th

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.—

Footnotes

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].

Summary

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

Letter details

Letter no.
DCP-LETT-3308
From
Charles Robert Darwin
To
Joseph Dalton Hooker
Sent from
Down
Source of text
DAR 115: 77
Physical description
1p

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 3308,” accessed on 9 August 2020, https://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/letter/DCP-LETT-3308.xml

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

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