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From J. D. Hooker   [8 February 1862]1



Dr Darwin

We have sent you a load of dried specimens of tetramerous Melastomaceæ—2 they go today to Bromley station “to be left till called for. When you cut up a flower please put the ‘disjecta membra’, if worth keeping, into one of the little paper capsules of which a bundle is in the box, & leave it on the sheet. Do not do this except when the flowers are few, or the dissection otherwise worth keeping—

Ever yours | J D Hooker


Dated by the relationship to the letter to George Bentham, 3 February [1862], and to the letter to J. D. Hooker, 9 February [1862] (see n. 2, below); the intervening Saturday was 8 February.
CD had requested specimens of octandrous Melastomataceae in the letter to J. D. Hooker, [30 and 31 December 1861] (Correspondence vol. 9). In his reply, Hooker offered to send also a fresh tetrandrous specimen (see letter from J. D. Hooker, [1 January 1862]), but it appears that CD did not receive this specimen, since he asked George Bentham to describe the floral anatomy of tetrandrous Melastomataceae in his letter of 3 February [1862]. Hooker probably sent the ‘dried specimens’ in response to CD’s request to Bentham for information (see letter to J. D. Hooker, 9 February [1862]). There is a description of CD’s observations on a dried specimen from Kew of the melastomad Heterocentron subtriplinervium in DAR 205.8: 48, dated 13 February 1862.


Correspondence: The correspondence of Charles Darwin. Edited by Frederick Burkhardt et al. 29 vols to date. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 1985–.


Sends dried specimens of Melastomataceae.

Letter details

Letter no.
Joseph Dalton Hooker
Charles Robert Darwin
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Source of text
DAR 101: 12
Physical description
ALS 2pp

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 3434,” accessed on 26 November 2022,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 10