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To Daniel Oliver   27 [September 1860]

Summary

Thinks he has worked out simple mechanism of movement in Drosera. Believes he is correct that gum has no effect.

Thanks for Trécul paper ["Organisation des glandes pédicellées de la feuille du Drosera rotundifolia", C. R. Hebd. Acad. Sci. 40: 1355–8; Ann. Sci. Nat. (Bot.) 3d ser. 3: 303–11].

Chloroform paralyses plants in 30 seconds.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Daniel Oliver
Date:  27 [Sept 1860]
Classmark:  DAR 261.10: 23 (EH 88206007)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2965

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From Daniel Oliver   25 November 1862

Summary

Informs CD of possible dimorphism of Epilobium angustifolium.

Author:  Daniel Oliver
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  25 Nov 1862
Classmark:  DAR 111 (ser. 2): 61–2
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3828

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To Daniel Oliver   17 September [1864]

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Glad that Oliver is to review John Scott’s paper in the Natural History Review (Scott 1864a). Apologises that his enclosed references (now missing) are so paltry.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Daniel Oliver
Date:  17 Sept [1864]
Classmark:  DAR 185: 119
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4615F

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To Daniel Oliver   24–5 March [1863]

Summary

Observation on morphology of Primula ovarium sent for DO’s use.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Daniel Oliver
Date:  24–5 Mar [1863]
Classmark:  DAR 261.10: 42 (EH 88206025)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4059

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To Daniel Oliver   11 September [1861]

Summary

Has put Drosera off while amusing himself with Primula and orchids.

Dionaea is prettily adapted to weight detection.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Daniel Oliver
Date:  11 Sept [1861]
Classmark:  DAR 261.10: 30, 66 (EH 88206013, EH 88206049)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3251

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From Daniel Oliver   22 January 1863

Summary

The number of "aquatic" flowers is reduced if one considers only those that expand under water.

Lecturing at Norwich.

Author:  Daniel Oliver
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  22 Jan 1863
Classmark:  DAR 173: 19
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3937

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To Daniel Oliver   7 November [1860]

Summary

Congratulations on Professorship.

Homologies between Drosera and Dionaea. Carbonate of ammonia on roots. Wants W. H. Fitch to make drawings of Dionaea. Will copy minute structure of hairs from Trécul [see 2965].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Daniel Oliver
Date:  7 Nov [1860]
Classmark:  DAR 261.10: 25 (EH 88206009)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2977

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  • r F.  could judge this. It ought to be done neatly. — The extreme marginal Hairs are long-headed; whether on this scale the difference could be represented, I know not. — Secondly would you put little fly on exact middle of leaf, & after Hairs are well clasped get a drawing made on same scale. Thirdly, perhaps, sketch of leaf of Dionæa, just to interest Reders. I shall have copied from Trécul the minute structure of Hairs. — My dear Sir | Yours very sincerely | C.  Darwin

To Daniel Oliver   17 October [1860]

Summary

Thanks for information and extracts.

M. A. Curtis, quoted in ["Dionaea"] Penny encyclopedia [(1837) 8: 508], gives the only full account of Dionaea.

Concurs in DO’s explanation of Dionaea footstalk cells, which CD took for stomata.

Is using carbonate of ammonia as a substitute for flies and colour change in glands as index of action on Drosera. Suspects other nitrogenous compounds do not act till decomposed into carbonate of ammonia. Beginning to write Drosera paper. Action of nitrogenous compounds.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Daniel Oliver
Date:  17 Oct [1860]
Classmark:  DAR 261.10: 18 (EH 88206002)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2951

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From Daniel Oliver   14 April 1862

Summary

Discusses primrose ovules,

Atlantis paper [Nat. Hist. Rev. (1862): 149–70],

plant migrations;

Corydalis.

Author:  Daniel Oliver
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  14 Apr 1862
Classmark:  DAR 101: 54–5
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3722

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To Daniel Oliver   20 [February 1863]

Summary

Having trouble understanding laws of phyllotaxy in order to grasp Hugh Falconer’s objections.

L. C. Treviranus on Primula [see 3980] misses the "prettiness" of the adaptations.

John Scott says P. scotica is never dimorphic.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Daniel Oliver
Date:  20 [Feb 1863]
Classmark:  DAR 261.10: 41 (EH 88206024)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4052

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From Daniel Oliver   20 July 1863

Summary

Hildebrand’s paper is unsuitable for the Natural History Review.

Author:  Daniel Oliver
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  20 July 1863
Classmark:  DAR 173: 22
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4247

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To Daniel Oliver   11 March [1864]

Summary

Struck with corresponding positions of tendrils and flower-stalks in Passiflora. Sends [W. E. Darwin’s] dissection drawings of earliest stages. Infers that tendril is a modified flower peduncle.

Requests DO look at mode of climbing in Tecoma.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Daniel Oliver
Date:  11 Mar [1864]
Classmark:  DAR 157.2: 69–70; DAR 261.10: 40 (EH 88206023)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4424

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From Daniel Oliver   12 March 1864

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Discusses homologies of plant organs.

The passion-flower tendril should be considered a modified branch rather than a modified flower. Considers the distinction between the peduncle and the leaf midrib.

Author:  Daniel Oliver
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  12 Mar 1864
Classmark:  DAR 157.2: 103
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4425

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To Daniel Oliver   24 [September 1860]

Summary

Admires DO’s correlation of spiny tree species and dry hot climate. CD suggests that spines, like strange aroma of desert plants, protect against browsing where there are few plants.

Fragrance and unisexuality.

Dimorphism in Viola tricolor.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Daniel Oliver
Date:  24 [Sept 1860]
Classmark:  DAR 261.10: 22 (EH 88206006)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2960

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To Daniel Oliver   23 [November 1862]

Summary

Examined Epilobium 20 or 30 years ago at Shrewsbury. In a flash remembered it as dimorphic, but had forgotten its name.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Daniel Oliver
Date:  23 [Nov 1862]
Classmark:  DAR 261.10: 57 (EH 88206040)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3819

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From Daniel Oliver   [before 31 March 1864]

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Encloses memorandum on tendrils. Nature of tendrils in Modecca.

Author:  Daniel Oliver
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [before 31 Mar 1864]
Classmark:  DAR 157.2: 81, 104
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4417

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From Daniel Oliver   25 September 1860

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His results with pure gum on Drosera spathulata entirely support CD’s opinion. Other observations on insectivorous plants.

Author:  Daniel Oliver
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  25 Sept 1860
Classmark:  DAR 58.1: 1–3
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2927

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To Daniel Oliver   14 October [1860]

Summary

Has examined nearly all British orchids.

Hooker’s error on Listera.

Change in colour and consistency of Drosera hair glands after leaf inflection. Analogous structures in Dionaea. Requests Oliver confirm these observations on live plants, of which he has none.

In a muddle over the effects of salts on insectivorous plants.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Daniel Oliver
Date:  14 Oct [1860]
Classmark:  DAR 261.10: 17 (EH 88206001)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2949

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To Daniel Oliver   30 November [1861]

Summary

Requests that DO examine enclosed microscope slides of Acropera ovules, to confirm CD’s opinion that females are non-functional.

Can DO comment on disagreement between Robert Brown and John Lindley over the number of Acropera carpels?

O. Heer’s Atlantis theory vs CD’s hypothesis of a migration north during warm periods.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Daniel Oliver
Date:  30 Nov [1861]
Classmark:  DAR 261.10: 2 (EH 88205986)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3333

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To Daniel Oliver   18 March [1864]

Summary

Thanks for information on Tecoma.

Cannot believe DO’s statement about Catasetum; is sure C. tridentatum sets seeds in its native country.

CD erred on Acropera, but how is it naturally fertilised?

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Daniel Oliver
Date:  18 Mar [1864]
Classmark:  DAR 261.10: 59 (EH 88206042)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4430

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