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From George Maw   17 May 1869

Benthall Hall, | nr Broseley.

May 17— 69

My dear Sir

I dried a few specimens of the drosophyllum & as the plants did not arrive in very good order, I think the dried specimen may perhaps better exhibit the characters of the plant; I will forward one to you by rail tomorrow.1

When I found it it was just coming into flower & had evidently not attained its full stature   The foliage dries well but the bright yellow color of the flowers is very fugitive   I fear it will be a tiresome plant to cultivate   my live specimens arrived in bad condition but I am glad to find they are breaking nicely in the stove & I hope to save six or seven plants. Should yours not live I will find you another specimen when they are a little more recovered.

I got a number of very pretty Sedums most of which were new to me & are I think not in general cultivation2

I spent a day or two in the granite district north of Madrid & obtained a number of interesting plants, all of which appear to be doing well & I think I shall save the greater part of those I sent home from Barbary3 & Gibraltar.

Believe me to be | very truly yrs. | Geo Maw

C Darwin Esqr


Sedum (stonecrop) is a genus of succulent-leaved plants of the family Crassulaceae.
The Barbary States were the North African states of Tripolitania, Tunisia, Algeria, and Morocco.


He is managing to salvage a few Andalusian Drosophyllum plants from the voyage and will send some to CD.

Letter details

Letter no.
George Maw
Charles Robert Darwin
Sent from
Benthall Hall
Source of text
DAR 171: 105
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 6748,” accessed on 16 October 2019,

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