RECORD: Darwin, C. R. n.d. Abstract of Watson, Supplementary notes on the botany of the Azores. CUL-DAR73.64-65. Transcribed by Kees Rookmaaker, edited by John van Wyhe (Darwin Online,

REVISION HISTORY: Transcribed by Kees Rookmaaker, edited by John van Wyhe 3.2014. RN1

NOTE: Reference: Watson, H. C. 1847. Supplementary notes on the botany of the Azores. London Journal of Botany 6: 380-397.

Reproduced with the permission of the Syndics of Cambridge University Library and William Huxley Darwin.


London Journal of Botany. Vol. 6. (2d series)

p.381. H. C. Watson, Supplementary notes on the Botany of the Azores

p. 385 "Raphanus Raphanistrum cultivation during 4 years in England, i e durng 4 descent of this annual plant, has partially obliterated the difference which was at first obvious between the pods of the Azores' & wild English plants."

Catrile maritima (var) The peculiar form of pod in the Azores' plant has hitherto remained hereditary in England, but the difference too slight for specific diagnosis.

p. 388. "It is curious to observe that the rich deep colour of the corolla of Myosotis azorica has a tendeny to fail in this country. My plants have run so much into varieties in the colour of the flowers & even in the form both of flowers & leaves, that I am unable now to say of some of th specimens whether thy shd. be referred to Azorica or maritima (the pale flowered M. maritima Hochst. before


mentioned C.D.); while too some of these approximate to the Canary species which is labelled M. sylvatica by Mrs Webb & Bourgean. In their wild state in the Azores & the first year in England, they appeared as easily distinguishable as any other two species of their genus; & indeed among the cultivated plants, equally distinct examples may still be found, although other vars so much alike.

p. 390. in regard to the Lysimachia. (described in Phytologist) he says (1847) I find it impossible to indite any written character which will distinguish L. azorica from L. nemorum. —

p. 393. Bromus mollis (var) This variety (or possibly species) has now been raised four successive years in England & preserve its peculiarities quite unchanged. But it is difficult to describe its differences on paper, compared with the ordinary state of B. mollis.

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