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From Daniel Oliver   24 December 1874


24 Dec. | 1874

My dear Mr Darwin/

I have gone over our specimens of Genlisea & put the results in the enclosed little capsules.1

—Also of the genus Polypompholyx (limited to two W. Australian species) I have put in some fragments. This genus differs technically from Utricularia simply in its 4-segmented calyx2

Very truly yours | D. Oliver.


CD discussed Polypompholyx in Insectivorous plants, p. 445, crediting Oliver with the information about its similarity to and difference from Utricularia. Polypompholyx is now considered a subgenus of Utricularia (Taylor 1989, pp. 77–8).


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

Taylor, Peter Geoffrey. 1989. The genus Utricularia — a taxonomic monograph. Kew Bulletin Additional Series XIV. London: Her Majesty’s Stationery Office.


Sends capsules with results from Genlisea specimens and fragments of Polypompholyx.

Letter details

Letter no.
Daniel Oliver
Charles Robert Darwin
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Source of text
DAR 58.1: 114
Physical description
ALS 2pp

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 9778,” accessed on 7 October 2022,

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