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

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"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.]

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[This woodcut was made and inserted by the editor of Gardeners' Chronicle.]

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