From Hermann Müller 1 April 1
Lippstadt April 1. Dear Sir
I am very much obliged to you for your extraordinary kindness in having sent me the paper on climbing plants by my brother and moreover your own work on this object, from which I had only read an abridgement in the botanical journal Flora, likewise for your bountiful communications on the papers published lately on the fertilization of flowers.2 The lecture of Hildebrand’s book “Geschlechtervertheilung”, sent me several days ago by Prof. Hanstein, has convinced myself that this department of observation, in which I intended to betake myself, is reaped almost as thoroughly as the fertilization of Orchids has been by your admirable work. Some few important details would possibly be found in examining in this regard our indigenous flowers, but of decisive importance would chiefly rest only the trial of breeding for several generations plants of the small always closed flowers of Lamium amplexicaule and of other similar species.3
I congratulate with my brother for having so abundant an opportunity and so perfect an ableness in discovering new interesting facts of some importance for your theorie.
With respect to Subularia I am sorry to say that it does not grow in Westfalia.4
Of Pyrola two species (minor and rotundifolia) grow near Lippstadt and I shall not neglect to look on whether one of them is dimorphic and to advertise you.5
With Lopezia at this day at first I have begun, reminded by you and by Hildebrand’s book, to mark the individual flowers in order to watch more closely the revolution of the single parts. Indoubtedly L. miniata will behave as L. coronata observed by Hildebrand.6
With my sincere thanks I remain | My dear Sir | Yours most respectfully | H Müller
Thanks for "Climbing plants" offprint and for references on fertilisation of flowers.
Considering the bounty of work already done, he is looking for something original to do.
Subularia does not grow in Westphalia.
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 5481,” accessed on 27 September 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-5481