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From George Maw   18 April 1869

Club House Hotel | Gibraltar

April 18th. 69

My dear Sir

I am glad to say that I found on Friday last nr Andalusia about 6 miles N of this place the Drosophyllum in great abundance—quite half an acre covered with it.1 I have sent off to day by “Bengalore”2 P & O Steam Ship two cases of plants to Kew (Due at Southampton Friday the 23rd. inst) & enclosed to your address a box of the Drosophyllum which I hope will reach you safely   I have packed them carefully & as I was fortunate in getting the plant just before the Southampton steamer sails I really hope they will arrive in good order.3 I fear from what Dr. Hooker tells me you will not be able to cultivate it as they have several times lost it at Kew.4 It would be worth while trying it under various methods of treatment—stove—greenhouse, cold frame. & some might be put under a bell-glass.

It is a most beautiful & curious plant & the flowers much more conspicuous than I had imagined

I have just returned from a very pleasant visit to Barbary5 & procured a good many plants which I have sent home by the “Bengalore”.

Believe me my dr Sir | Very truly yrs | Geo Maw

I have not been able yet to get any information as to the age at which Merino ram lambs get their horns.6

C Darwin Esqre


CD had asked Maw to obtain a specimen of Drosophyllum lusitanicum (see letter to George Maw, 13 January 1869 and n. 3).
The ship was the Bangalore (Rabson and O’Donoghue 1988).
CD mentioned receiving Drosophyllum specimens from Maw in Insectivorous plants, p. 332.
Joseph Dalton Hooker was director of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
The Barbary States were the North African states of Tripolitana, Tunisia, Algeria, and Morocco.


Insectivorous plants. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1875.


He has found abundant Drosophyllum in Andalusia.

Letter details

Letter no.
George Maw
Charles Robert Darwin
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Source of text
DAR 171: 104
Physical description
ALS 3pp

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 6704,” accessed on 18 May 2024,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 17