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From George King   18 December 1874

Royal Botanical Garden, | Ilowrah, | near Calcutta.

The 18 Dec 1874

My Dear Sir,

Yours of the 20th has reached me just in time to let me reply by today’s mail.1 I have much pleasure in enclosing 3 specimens of Aldrovanda verticillata Roxb. from a jheel S. of Calcutta which I hope may reach you in time for your purpose.2

Thanks, I am very well now. I hope you are better.

Believe me in much haste | yrs sincerely | George King

C. Darwin Esq


CD acknowledged King for sending him specimens of Aldrovanda vesciculosa var. verticillata in Insectivorous plants, p. 329. Jeel: mere or lagoon (Hobson-Jobson). Aldrovanda verticillata is a synonym of A. vesciculosa (the waterwheel plant).


Hobson-Jobson: Hobson-Jobson. A glossary of colloquial Anglo-Indian words and phrases, and of kindred terms, etymological, historical, geographical and discursive. By Henry Yule and A. C. Burnell. New edition edited by William Crooke. London: John Murray. 1903.

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


Sends three specimens of Aldrovanda verticulata.

Letter details

Letter no.
George King
Charles Robert Darwin
Sent from
R. Bot. Gard., Calcutta
Source of text
DAR 58.1: 111
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 9763,” accessed on 31 March 2020,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 22