RECORD: Darwin, C. R. 1877. Growth under difficulties. Gardeners' Chronicle and Agricultural Gazette 8 (29 December): 805.
REVISION HISTORY: Scanned, OCRed, corrected and edited by John van Wyhe 2003-8, textual corrections by Sue Asscher 4.2007. RN4
GROWTH UNDER DIFFICULTIES.
"The enclosed branch of Cotyledon (Echeveria stolonifera was cut
from a plant growing in my greenhouse, and was suspended on August 10
in my study, which is a dry room, and in which a fire burns most of the
year. It has sent out two fine flowering stems which, from the position
in which the branch was hung, have bent upwards [as may be seen in the
figure]. They have now (December 6) begun to flower. You will see that
the plant has sent out a number of small roots. I may add that the
specimen weighed on September 1 45.46 grammes, on December 6 36.94
grammes, so that its growth has continued in spite of a considerable
loss from evaporation.
Charles Darwin, Down, Beckenham."1
1 Darwin's letter is set within an article by the editors of the Gardeners' Chronicle which can be seen in the image view.
The bracketed words 'as may be seen in the figure' were added by the editors.]
Fig. 159.—COTYLEDON (ECHEVERIA) STOLONIFERA. (SEE P. 805.)
[This woodcut was made and inserted by the editor of Gardeners' Chronicle.]
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