From Lydia Ernestine Becker 18 May 1863
Miss Becker presents her compliments to Mr. Darwin and takes the liberty of sending him the enclosed flowers of a variety of Lychnis dioica common in the woods here but which she has not observed elsewhere.1 It has bisexual flowers and large dark purple anthers which give the plant a very striking handsome appearance. The same conspicuous anthers occur in flowers bearing stamens only of which one is sent. Miss Becker does not know whether such a variety as this would be interesting to Mr. Darwin, if not she must apologise for having troubled him.
Altham | Accrington | Lancashire
May 18th. 1863.
Sends flowers of a variety of Lychnis dioica which has bisexual flowers.