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From J. D. Hooker   [17 May 1862]1

Royal Gardens Kew | Kew


My dear Darwin

I have been at the red Leschenaultia this morning.2 Not the same species as last year. I find no stigmatic surface whatever in the indusium—but as before a hard dense very unstigmatic tissue under the glandular surface. No pollen tubes any-where. A very stigmatic tissue underlies a pulvinus within the indusium at b but it is covered perfectly with cuticle.3



Best paper for drying plants can be got at Pamplin 45 Frith Street Soho London.5

Ask Ross for the simple microscope price £4"4 which Dr Hooker orders. his address is Featherstone buildings Holborn6

Bentham & Oliver are quite struck up in a heap with your book & delighted beyond expression7

CD annotations

4.1 Bentham … expression 4.2] crossed pencil
Top of first page: ‘Red Leschenaultia not formosa’8 pencil; ‘West Strand Eye glass’ pencil, del pencil; ‘Address for Paper’ pencil, del pencil
Diagram: ‘A Red Leschenaultia not formosa.’ pencil


Dated by the relationship to other correspondence with Hooker concerning Leschenaultia (see n. 2, below) and by reference to the publication of Orchids (see n. 7, below); 17 May 1862 fell on a Saturday.
See letters to J. D. Hooker, 1 May [1862], 9 May [1862], and 15 [May 1862], and letters from J. D. Hooker, [5 May 1862] and [16 May 1862].
The diagram has been reduced to 65% of its original size.
See letter to J. D. Hooker, 15 [May 1862]. Hooker refers to the botanical bookseller William Pamplin (Post Office London directory 1861).
The reference is to the London optician and instrument-maker Thomas Ross (see letter to J. D. Hooker, 15 [May 1862] and n. 5).


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

Orchids: On the various contrivances by which British and foreign orchids are fertilised by insects, and on the good effects of intercrossing. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1862.

Post Office London directory: Post-Office annual directory. … A list of the principal merchants, traders of eminence, &c. in the cities of London and Westminster, the borough of Southwark, and parts adjacent … general and special information relating to the Post Office. Post Office London directory. London: His Majesty’s Postmaster-General [and others]. 1802–1967.


Discusses Leschenaultia, finds no stigmatic surface in the indusium.

Gives information on where to obtain paper for drying plants and where to obtain a microscope.

Letter details

Letter no.
Joseph Dalton Hooker
Charles Robert Darwin
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Source of text
DAR 261.11: 28 (EH 88206079)
Physical description
inc † sketch

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 3527,” accessed on 27 May 2024,

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