Darwin-Hooker Letters : Letter from Hooker, J. D. to Darwin, C. R. on [6 Dec 1857]

Hooker, J. D.

Darwin-Hooker Letters

Finds Darwin's results [of his survey of well-marked varieties from A. P. and Alphonse de Candolle's Prodromus systematis naturalis regni vegetabilis (1824–73)] "very curious and suggestive". Thinks the Labiatae will present an obstacle to him as it is a very large and distinct order with well-defined species and genera. Would like to see him tackle more volumes of Candolle's Prodromus, as his case can only be established by evidence from mundane plants. Darwin should beware of generalising from local species variability. A comparison of C. C. Babington's and G. Bentham's [British] Floras [Babington Manual of British botany (1843, 4th ed., 1856); Bentham Handbook of British flora (1858)] would be invaluable. Suggests Darwin write to Ferdinand Müller and Charles Moore in Australia. Moisture favouring extension of species is important for Darwin's view.

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