RECORD: Darwin, C. R. [1848-1882]. Watson, Lees, Coleman in Phytologist vol. 3. CUL-DAR73.93-94. 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: References

Watson, Hewett C. 1848. Explanations of some specimens for distribution by the Botanical Society of London, in 1847. Phytologist 3: 38-49.

Lees, Edwin. 1848. On certain forms or species of fruticose brambles experimentally proved to be permanent. Phytologist 3: 53-55.

Coleman, W. H. 1848. On the geographical distribution of British plants. Phytologist 3: 217-221.

Watson, Hewett C. 1848. On the number of botanical species to a square mile of ground. Phytologist 3: 267-268.
Anon. 1848. Hereditary variations of plants. Phytologist 3: 319.

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


Phytologist. Vol. 3. 1848 - 1849 - 1850

p. 45. H.C. Watson Veronica officinalis, a var distributed to show the capsule truncate at the summit, instead of being deeply notched, connecting the ordinary form with the very dwarf var. known as V. hirsuta of Hopkirk.

p. 54. Ed. Lees gives cases of seeds of Rubus sylvaticus W & N Wale & Nees. — (of R. sublustrus Lees = R. corylifolius Bab. = perhaps R. affinis of W & N. according to Lindley = var y affinis of Leighton) (R. hysrix W & N. = R. radula Bab.) & R. fructicosus Auct. (which varied slightly) all which came true in Garden. —

p. 221. Rev. W.H. Coleman of Ashby de la Zouch thinks a square mile taken at venture wd not include more than 200 species.

p. 267 Mr Watson says near his house there are nearly 400 in square mile.


p. 319. Extract from the Gardeners & Farmers Journal of Sept. 9th 1848.

The following "interesting fact was related to me by Mr Mc Nab namely that he had sown the seeds of Ilex Balearica, from which he had produced the common Holly. He had also raised from the seeds of the tender Madeira Holly (Ilex Pecado) a variety identical with that known as Hodgin’s Holly & though the offspring of a tender parent, yet like Hodgins var. it was also quite hardy".

Remarks how curious considering the stems are acknowledged species "Editor of the Gardener's Journ. in an article "Notes of a Gardening Tour & referring to the Bot. Garden of Edinburgh. —

(How were seeds procured. I shd guess raised at Edinburgh. C.D.)

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