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To Richard Kippist   24 November [1864]

Down. | Bromley. | Kent. S.E.

Nov. 24th

My dear Sir

I send a paper received today on one of the most curious orchids in the world.—1

Whether it will be worth printing in the opinion of the Council,2 I cannot of course say; but I may add that I shd. think that figures C & E. would perhaps suffice, if done delicately & accurately.—3

My dear Sir | Yours very faithfully | Ch. Darwin


CD refers to the paper by Roland Trimen on Bonatea speciosa, an orchid found in the Cape region of South Africa. The paper was read at the Linnean Society on 1 December 1864, and later published in the Society’s Journal (Trimen 1864). See letter to Roland Trimen, 25 November 1864 and nn. 1 and 2.
CD refers to the Council of the Linnean Society.
The plate that accompanied Trimen’s published paper had six figures (see Trimen 1864, tab. 1).


Trimen, Roland. 1864. On the structure of Bonatea speciosa, Linn. sp., with reference to its fertilisation. [Read 1 December 1864.] Journal of the Linnean Society (Botany) 9 (1867): 156–60.


CD sends [to the Linnean Society] a paper "On one of the most curious orchids in the world" [read J. Linn. Soc. Lond. (Bot.) 9 (1865): 156–62]. [See 4680].

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Charles Robert Darwin
Richard Kippist
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American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.)
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Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 4678,” accessed on 15 April 2021,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 12