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On the Fertilisation of A Few Common Papilionaceous Flowers

Naturevolume 6pages478480 (1872) | Download Citation



[NOTE TO EDITOR.—THE enclosed paper was written in the autumn of 1869, and then submitted to Mr. Darwin. With his usual kindness he encouraged me to proceed, with-it; and with his usual thoroughness he advised me to,make it more complete than it is before giving it to the public. At the same time, he lent me various publications containing articles on the subject of fertilisation, and, amongst others, some by the Italian botanist, Delpino, who has done so much in this field. I found that he had in two or three publications in the years 1867 and 1868, anticipated most of the observations contained in the accompanying paper; and I proposed to myself to attempt a résumé of what had been done of late years in the matter of fertilisation of flowers by Delpino, Hildebrand, and others. But this, though a labour of love, is a greater labour than I can manage, and other calls have grown upon me. I therefore send the paper to you as it stands; begging that this note may be prefixed in order that I may not be thought to be appropriating Delpino's observations.— T. H. F., October 1872.]


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