RECORD: Darwin, C. R. & Francis Darwin. [1878]. Abstract of Ruiz and Pavon, Systema Veg. Florae Peruvianae et Chilensis & Gay, Historia de Chili. CUL-DAR209.14.176. Edited by John van Wyhe (Darwin Online,

REVISION HISTORY: Transcribed by Christine Chua and edited by John van Wyhe 7.2023. RN1

NOTE: See record in the Darwin Online manuscript catalogue, enter its Identifier here. Reproduced with permission of the Syndics of Cambridge University Library and William Huxley Darwin. The volume CUL-DAR209.14 contains material for Darwin's book Movement in plants (1880).



Hoec phenomena pluries in Huanaco primum observata, in navigatione a Peruviâ ad Gades et Madritum usque quotidie comprobata fuerant

Where is Huanaca?

Historia de Chili by Claudio Gay 1845 p 478

Gives the above account in Spanish and adds:—

"Este fenomeno ya bien observado por los viajeros Ruiz & Pavon, se noti en una gran parti de las plantas cuyas hojas estàn compleestas, es lo que se llama en botánica sueño de las plantas"—

I had better say account unintelligible — refer chiefly to [illeg] prophetic behaviour of plant with respect to water & not to the effects of [illeg] weather drying & dampness — It may be suspected that in some of cases stated degree of Light chief Element

[Movement in plants, p. 337.]

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