More Letters of Charles Darwin, Vol. 2

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Author: Charles Darwin

Letter 622. To Asa Gray. March 15th [1862].

...I wrote some little time ago about Rhexia; since then I have been carefully watching and experimenting on another genus, Monochaetum; and I find that the pistil is first bent rectangularly (as in the sketch sent), and then in a few days becomes straight: the stamens also move. If there be not two forms of Rhexia, will you compare the position of the part in young and old flowers? I have a suspicion (perhaps it will be proved wrong when the seed-capsules are ripe) that one set of anthers are adapted to the pistil in early state, and the other set for it in its later state. If bees visit the Rhexia, for Heaven’s sake watch exactly how the anther and stigma strike them, both in old and young flowers, and give me a sketch.

Again I say, do not hate me.

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Chicago: Charles Darwin, "Letter 622. To Asa Gray. March 15th [1862].," More Letters of Charles Darwin, Vol. 2, ed. Darwin, Francis, Sir, 1848-1925 and Seward, A. C. (Albert Charles), 1863-1941 and trans. Babington, B. G. (Benjamin Guy), 1794-1866 in More Letters of Charles Darwin Original Sources, accessed October 3, 2022, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=KR5LGSHKTRCAHG6.

MLA: Darwin, Charles. "Letter 622. To Asa Gray. March 15th [1862]." More Letters of Charles Darwin, Vol. 2, edited by Darwin, Francis, Sir, 1848-1925 and Seward, A. C. (Albert Charles), 1863-1941, and translated by Babington, B. G. (Benjamin Guy), 1794-1866, in More Letters of Charles Darwin, Vol. 2, Original Sources. 3 Oct. 2022. http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=KR5LGSHKTRCAHG6.

Harvard: Darwin, C, 'Letter 622. To Asa Gray. March 15th [1862].' in More Letters of Charles Darwin, Vol. 2, ed. and trans. . cited in , More Letters of Charles Darwin. Original Sources, retrieved 3 October 2022, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=KR5LGSHKTRCAHG6.